Ethiopian Airlines crash: Kenyan man’s painful story of losing five family members
Douglas Mwarua|March. 11, 2019
A Kenyan man is in deep pain after losing five members of his family in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines' crash which occurred on Sunday, March 10.
John Karanja lost his wife, Anne Wangoi, daughter Caroline Nduta, and three grandsons among them Kelly and Ruby in the accident which left 157 dead.
The hurt dad, hubby and grandfather claimed his daughter had communicated to him before take off at Bole International Airport, Ethiopia and expressed her worry over the journey but was hopeful all will go well.
Unfortunately, it did not.
''I communicated to them two hours before the flight. My daughter sent me a message, it is like she was expecting something, she told me she was excited but she had fear in her and she did not know why. I did not know what message she was conveying to me. I lost three grandsons, a daughter and my wife,'' he said.
According to him, his pain is so intense he can not question God or anyone why his wife, daughter and grandsons had to die in that manner.
The old man went ahead to reveal that there is nothing he could do presently but just wait for when he will meet with God face to face so as to ask him why he 'took' away his family.
''I am not even able to tell you what kind of a wife she was. She was not only a wife, she was a friend to the entire family, a mentor and a very supportive person. She has helped me a lot and the only gift I could give to her was to go and visit our daughter for three months because I had never taken her out.
I don't know what will happen or who I will question. People say it is God's will, one day I will go and see God and he will have to explain to me why he took the family like, but now I have nothing to say,'' he added.
He wrapped up by asking Kenyans to pray for his family and others who lost their loved ones in the crash.
The plane crash that claimed the five members of the family also left families and friends of 156 other victims equally in deep pain and tears.
The total of 157 people, 149 passengers and eight crew members who were on board the Ethiopian flight which had just taken off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en-route to Nairobi, Kenya, perished.
Preliminary reports released by the airline revealed 32 Kenyans died in the Sunday morning tragedy.