CARE Canada Statement: Ethiopian Airlines Crash

We are shocked and deeply distressed to have learned that current and former CARE staff were among those passengers to have lost their lives in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday.

CARE is heartbroken to confirm that Immaculate Odero, a CARE regional security officer for the Horn of Africa, perished in the crash.

Dedicated to keeping her colleagues in the region safe, Immaculate was a cherished member of the CARE family and took on her role with great enthusiasm. Immaculate is survived by her husband, daughter and many close family members. CARE continues to provide them support in every way possible.

It is also with great sadness that we have learned that former CARE Canada staff Jessica Hyba died in this crash. She worked with CARE early in her career in Canada and in Indonesia as part of the response to the Indian Ocean tsunami emergency effort. Most recently, she worked with the UNHCR as the organization’s senior external relations officer. We remember her fondly as a dedicated humanitarian and loving mother.

Our deepest condolences go out to all the family and friends of Immaculate and Jessica as well as to the loved ones of the other people who tragically lost their lives in Sunday’s crash.

This tragedy has struck the humanitarian community hard and our thoughts are with all of those who have lost friends and colleagues. We are reminded of the sacrifices humanitarian workers and their families have made through this work in an effort to save lives and help people overcome poverty.

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Contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-228-5641