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Remains of victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash flown home

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The remains of thirty-two Kenyans who perished in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on March 10, 2019, have been flown to Nairobi today.

An Ethiopian Airline plane carrying the fragments of the deceased landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday morning.

The remains arrived in specialised caskets and a brief function was held after arrival. Only close family members are to be given the caskets bearing the fragments.

The bodies were severely damaged beyond recognition prompting Ethiopian Airlines to consider DNA analysis to identify their remains.The 32 victims are among 157 people who were killed in the plane crash at Bishoftu town, shortly after taking off to Nairobi.

It is after the International Police through its Incident Response Team revealed on September 12, 2019, that it had successfully identified the 157 passengers who boarded the plane.The team declared the exercise a success saying “six months on after the plane crash, every single victim has been successfully identified.”

Family members of the victims of the Ethiopian Plane crash that killed 157 people from different nationalities visited the crash site to give their last respect and prayers to their departed one at Tulu Fera in Ejera. [ Maxwell Agwanda, Standard]

“The INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster,” the Interpol noted on its website.It noted that the identification exercise was prompted by a request from the airlines’ company.

It stated: “At the request of the Ethiopian authorities, two days after the accident INTERPOL sent an IRT to assist with the operation. The team’s role was to coordinate the international police disaster victim identification (DVI) response and coordinating the antemortem data supplied by member countries.

”Interpol further revealed that the process was aided by a team of 100 DVI experts drawn from 14 countries in Africa, Europe and America. The exercise took 50 days.

Fingerprints and DNA samples were extracted from 48 people, Interpol noted.Also in September, the US-based Boeing planes manufacturer had announced that it had set aside USD2 billion as Financial Assistance Fund for assisting families of victims of the plane crash, which involves the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 nosedived just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport killing all on board.In the incident, Kenya was the worst-hit country losing 32 victims in the crash.

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SHOCKING BBC VIDEO: Kenyan women taken to India and forced to engage in illicit sex

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  has uncovered an illegal network that lures women from Kenya and other African countries to India, where they are then forced into sex work to satisfy the demands of the many African men living in Delhi.

In this episode of The Africa Eye, the UK-headquartered media organization reports that the women are mostly from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda.

According to the Global Slavery Index, 14.2 million of the 35.8 million people enslaved throughout the world are in India. The index singles out women and children as disproportionately affected. India is a major destination for sex trafficking, particularly from other South Asian countries.

“There are reports of women and children from India and neighboring countries being recruited with promises of non-existent jobs and later being sold for sexual exploitation, or being forced into sham marriages,” the index found, noting that only 13 offenders were convicted of sexual trafficking in 2013.

One woman, Grace, who was trafficked from Kenya, agreed to go undercover and here is the story:

 


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Ethiopian Airlines to build $5 billion mega airport 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed a project plan to put up a large airport at a cost amounting to USD5 billion (KSh500 billion).

The construction of the present-day airport will start in the year 2020 in Bishoftu, a town situated 39 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam.

The airport will extend over to an area of 35 square km, and it will be built in a way it can serve over 100 million passengers a year.

“Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large, but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde.

Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa handles approximately 19 million passengers in a year. The chief executive officer announced that the construction will commence in the coming six months, but he did not reveal how the project will be financed or who will construct the airport.

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Akon gets the green light to build his own city in Senegal

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, alias Akon, an American-Senegalese singer, tweeted on the development of his own “Wakanda” city in Africa.

Akon gave an update on Monday via Twitter, that the deal for the city “Akon city” has been completed and “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” 

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” Akon tweeted.

Akon first shared the plans for “Crypto city” in 2018. The city would be built on a 2,000-acre land that he received as a gift from President of Senegal, Macky Sall. Business transactions in the city will be on its digital cash currency called AKoin.

In 2018, Akon said he believes Akoin could be the “savior of Africa.” “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system. Cryptocurrency also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow the government to do those things that are keeping them down.”

 

 

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