Mourning WFP Assures Ethiopia of Sustained Support for Food Security
As the World Food Programme mourns the demise of seven of its staff members involved in Sunday Morning Ethiopian Airline Crash, the UN organisation has assured the people of Ethiopia of their sustained support in helping the country attain food security.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with WFP Chief David Beasley Monday morning in continuation of discussions held in Rome, Italy where WFP committed to further strengthening their support and commitment to Ethiopia’s development endeavours in food security, nutrition and capacity building.
A Sad Day
In a statement earlier released today by WFP Chief Beasley, he acknowledged the involvement of seven staff members of the organisation in the plane crash and reflected that despite the loss, the rest of the WFP family will not waiver from their calling, in helping to make the world a better place to live in.
In a tweet this morning, Beasley wrote “The WFP family mourns today–@WFP staff were among those aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight. We will do all that is humanly possible to help the families at this painful time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
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.
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.
Condolences Pour In
The @WFP Twitter handle of the WFP was flooded with condolence messages as soon as the news reached many stakeholders across the world.
UN Secretary General António Guterres tweeted – “Deeply saddened by the news this morning of the plane crash in Ethiopia, claiming the lives of all on board. My heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims — including our own @UN staff — who perished in this tragedy.”
Beasley also acknowledged the UN Scribe’s tweet – “Thank you, Mr. Secretary General, for your call and for your expressions of solidarity with the @WFP family. Your support comforts all of us.”
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Board Member, African Risk Capacity, a specialized agency of the African Union providing comprehensive sovereign disaster risk solutions, to build capacity, climate resilience and food security, tweeted “We at the African Risk Capacity @ARCapacity are devastated by the loss of our World Food Program @WFP and other United Nations Colleagues in the Ethiopian 302 flight. Our deepest condolences to all the family and friends involved.”
Anouk Delafortrie, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Regional Information Officer for Great Lakes, East & Southern Africa, tweeted – “Our deepest condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of the @WFPAfrica staff, from the EU Humanitarian Aid Office in Nairobi. This is a tragedy that has shaken the whole aid community in the region and worldwide to the core. We are all in shock.”
Global Action Italy with the handle @globalactionita, also tweeted – “Global Action expresses its deepest condolences to all the friends at @WFP who have lost their dear colleagues and friends today in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. We are close to all and to the families of the victims and pray that they can find peace in this devastating time.”
The Nigerian Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ), on its Facebook page expressed sadness over the loss of seven staff members of the WFP.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the WFP family, recognising the ultimate sacrifices that have been made by these loyal staff, who always heed the call to help and serve others displaced by conflicts, natural disasters and the impact of climate change all around the world.
“We are consoled that the indelible footprints of their work on the African continent and their impact on the lives of millions of African beneficiaries, will stand as an eternal monument to their loving memories.” NAAJ wrote on its ‘Agricultural Journalists’ Facebook page.