Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia. Picture: AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene
Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Picture: AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

I lost my whole family in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, says heartbroken man

By Staff reporter Time of article published Mar 12, 2019

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Addis Ababa - "One day I will go and see God and he will have to explain to me why he took my family."

These were the words of Kenyan resident, John Karanja who lost five family members in deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

They were expected to arrive from Canada, where his wife Anne visited their daughter, Caroline and his grandchildren. 

“I had never taken her out so I felt I had to do something for her,” said Karanja. “My idea was that she comes home with my grandchildren for the Easter holidays.”

He treated Anne, who he was married to for 35 years, to the trip. 

Karanja described his wife, Anne Karanja as a 'friend to the entire family', 'a mentor' and a 'supportive person'.

The last communication that Karanja recalls was a text from 34-year-old Caroline that expressed excitement but also fear. "I am excited (to come home) but I feel like something bad is ahead”.

Two hours later, she boarded the doomed flight ET 302/10 that crashed six minutes after take-off.

“I don’t know how to live without her (Anne). Some people say it’s God’s will, but I don’t want to question. But I know one day I will meet up with God - we all will - and I will ask him,” he said.

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