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Painful story of two Nakuru families who lost relatives in Ethiopian crash

Pristone Mambili
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Scene of the Ethiopian Plane crash.Two families in Nakuru lost their members in the tragic crash. [Source/Sky News]

Two families in Nakuru County are still coming to terms after they lost their loved ones in the tragic Ethiopian plane crash.

The family of Francis Yongi from Subukia lost their daughter Florence Yongi.

She was a Catholic nun serving in Congo.

It was tears at the family’s home in Kabatini as this writer visited the family.

A somber mood engulfed relatives, friends and neighbors as they came to terms with the news of the tragic crash.

Mary Yongi, a sister to the late, narrated how they received news of the crash at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as they waited to receive their sister.

The last communication she received from her sister was in form of a text at 7.43 am on Sunday informing her that she was onboard and that they would communicate at the time she alights at JKIA.

“She communicated to me on Sunday at 7.43 am informing that she had boarded the plane and that she would communicate once she alights but from there we never heard from her,” her sister said.

The late Florence was a missionary nun and according to her sister she was traveling from Congo where she worked for three and a half years.

Her father was yet to come to terms with the demise of his daughter.

The emotional father says he had not seen his daughter for the last six years and was looking forward to their meeting.

“I had not seen my daughter for 6 years and this was the time that we were to celebrate together as family only to wait in vain at Jomo Kenyatta and later told that the plane has crashed and no survivors,” said Yongi.

Elsewhere in Bahati, another family of Karanja Quindos is also coming to terms after it lost five family members.

The five included mother, her daughter and three grandchildren.

The family that hails from Kwa Amos in Kabatini Bahati said the deaths have hit them hard.

Anne Wangui, her daughter Caroline Nduta,34, together with her three children Ryan Njoroge ,7, Kelli Paul ,8, and Rubby Paul ,9 months, all perished in the Sunday crash.

Isaac Kamau, a neighbor, said the deaths have shocked the whole village.

The family, Kamau said, bought land and settled in the area 25 years ago and has been ‘welcoming’.

“We are shocked as a village for losing a whole family,” said Kamau.

Another neighbor, Martin Muchiri, said the family was supportive to the village as they helped needy children attend school.

“The death of the five has left a big gap in this village,” said Muchiri.

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