Remains of Ethiopians who lost their lives due to Ethiopian Airlines plane crash last week are laid to rest at Kiddist Selassie Menbere Tsebaot (Holy Trinity Cathedral) Church in Arat Kilo, Addis Ababa. Their burial at Kiddist Selassie Menbere Tsebaot clearly testifies that the victims are now considered as patriots and/or citizens who have contributed to the cause of Ethiopia.
And that is how the father of captain Yared, Getachew (MD) who practices in Kenya, understood the loss of his son. In an interview with FanaBC, he said “Yared was exceptionally compassionate with a great level of filial piety. I have special affection for him than the rest of my children. I see his death as a sacrifice paid to Ethiopia.”
Tens of thousands of residents of Addis Ababa attended the funeral ceremony.
Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC) Patriarch, Abune Mathias, led rituals and prayers at Kiddest Selassie in the tradition of the Ethiopian Church.
The funeral took place exactly a week after the tragic accident happened in a place near Bishoftu (Debre Zeit)
Early in the morning before the funeral ceremony, a memorial service was organized at Bole International Airport. High ranking government officials, families and religious leaders and Ethiopian Airlines staff have attended the event in the recently expanded airport.
Grieving staff members and families joined the solemn procession from Bole International Airport to Kiddist Selassie Cathedral.
On Friday, Ethiopian Airlines staff, Musicians and actors in the country had organized a memorial service for the victims.
The number of Ethiopians who died in the accident is 18, according to a report by state media. 157 people died in the accident and victims are from 35 countries and from more than four continents.
32 of the victims are from Kenya and the Ethiopian embassy in Kenya organized a memorial service in the traditions of various faith groups in the country, EBC reported on Sunday citing Ethiopian embassy in Kenya.
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