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Statement by WFP Executive Director on Ethiopian Airlines crash

ROME – Today is a profoundly sad one for the World Food Programme, as we are in mourning for the seven WFP staff members who lost their lives this morning in the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy:
  • Ekta Adhikari (28) from Nepal, whose duty station was Addis Ababa
  • Maria Pilar Buzzetti (30) from Italy, duty station Rome
  • Virginia Chimenti (26) from Italy, duty station Rome
  • Harina Hafitz (59) from Indonesia, duty station Rome
  • Zhen-Zhen Huang (46) from China, duty station Rome
  • Michael Ryan (39) from Ireland, duty station Rome
  • Djordje Vdovic (53) from Serbia, duty station Bangkok, on assignment to Rome

The United Nations Secretary General called me to express his solidarity and support for the WFP family, and I want to thank him and all of the others around the world for their expressions of condolences.

As we mourn, let us reflect that each of these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live. That was their calling, as it is for the rest of the WFP family.

We also mourn the loss of our colleagues at other United Nations agencies who died today, and we ask that everyone keep those who lost loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Peter Smerdon, WFP/East Africa, Tel: +254 20 762 2179, Mob. +254 707 722 104

Gregory Barrow, WFP/Rome, Mob. +39 342 807 9718

Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2321, Mob. +39 346 7600521