The African Union says names of friends, colleagues, and loved ones were confirmed among the 157 souls who perished on Ethiopian Airlines ET302, that tragically crashed shortly after takeoff from Bole International Airport on Sunday.
The AUC Chairperson, Moussa Faki issued a message to express solidarity with the families of all passengers and crew members, as well as with the Ethiopian Government and people.
9 people on the flight are members of the African Union family, the AU mentioned this in a press release.
Christine Alalo, Acting Police Commissioner with the African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM). She was returning to Mogadishu from official travel via Nairobi. She is a Ugandan national.
Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Canadian national of Nigerian origin, was Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a leading Pan-Africanist scholar. Prof Adesanmi was traveling to an AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) meeting as an invited diaspora expert and consultant for the AU.
Mr Karim Saafi, a diaspora youth leader in Europe and a co-founder of the African Diaspora Youth in Europe (ADYFE). Mr Saafi was travelling to an AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) meeting as an invited diaspora expert. Mr Saafi is a French citizen of Tunisian origin.
Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a veteran diplomat, was a consultant in the Office of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission until the end of February 2019. Ambassador Bashua is a Nigerian citizen.
Abdelsalam Douaa Atef Abdelsalam, Megali Abdelhamid Farrag Mohamed and Hisham Abdelgadir Abukalam Ahmed were delegates to a training workshop for the InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBARR), an AU specialized agency. Mr Abdelsalam and Ms Mohamed are Egyptian nationals. Mr Ahmed is a national of Sudan.
Ms Suzan Abul Farag and Ms Esmat Orensa, two associate interpreters with longstanding ties to the AU Commission, and who we considered colleagues, were also among those onboard.
The AU says they were committed peacemakers, diplomats and development workers, working for and on behalf of the Continent, some under difficult circumstances and far from their loved ones.
The African Union Commission will fly its flag at half-mast in honour of all the people killed in ET302.