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The African Union (AU) has said the pan-African organization has lost friends, colleagues, and loved ones in the crash Sunday of Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 that killed all 157 people aboard.

“The AU family woke up to the confirmation of our worst fears, as names of friends, colleagues, and loved ones were confirmed to be among the 157 souls who perished on Ethiopian Airlines ET302,” Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU Commission, said in a statement on Monday.

Those victims include:

— Christine Alalo, acting police commissioner with the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). She was returning to Mogadishu from official travel via Nairobi. She is a Ugandan national.

— 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.

Adesanmi was traveling to an AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) meeting as an invited diaspora expert and consultant for the AU.

— Karim Saafi, a diaspora youth leader in Europe and a co-founder of the African Diaspora Youth in Europe (ADYFE). Saafi was travelling to an ECOSOCC meeting as an invited diaspora expert. Saafi is a French citizen of Tunisian origin.

— Abiodun Bashua, a veteran diplomat, was a consultant in the Office of the Chairperson of the AU Commission until the end of February 2019. Bashua is a Nigerian citizen.

— Abdelsalam Douaa Atef Abdelsalam, Megali Abdelhamid Farrag Mohamed, and Hisham Abdelgadir Abukalam Ahmed were delegates to a workshop for the Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources, an AU specialized agency. Abdelsalam and Mohamed are Egyptian nationals, and Ahmed is a national of Sudan.

— Suzan Abul Farag and Esmat Orensa, two associate interpreters with longstanding ties to the AU Commission, and who the pan-African bloc considered colleagues, were also among those aboard, according to Faki.

“All of these colleagues were committed peacemakers, diplomats and development workers, working for and on behalf of the African continent, some under difficult circumstances and far from their loved ones,” the chairperson said.

“They died in the line of duty for all that we hold dear, and for that we owe them our highest esteem. United in grief, our deepest condolences and prayers goes to their families and may their souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.”

He said the AU Commission would continue to fly its flag at half-mast in honor of all the people killed in the crash.

“We wish to take this opportunity to reaffirm our solidarity with the Ethiopian government and people as we go through this difficult period together,” Faki said. Enditem

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