Families of Ethiopian airline crash victims given soil from site for burial

According Ethiopian government the family members of those whom lost their lives  in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash are being given soils from the crash site to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. 

 A family member of one of the victims pouring sand on her face
A family member of one of the victims pouring sand on her face

 The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa airport en route to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board. 

 On Sunday, officials began delivering one-kilogramme sacks of scorched earth taken from the crash site, members of two different families told the Associated Press news agency, because identification process for the bodies is taking too long.

 "The soil came as it became impossible to identify bodies and hand over remains to family members," one family member said. 

"We will not rest until we are given the real body or body parts of our loved ones." 

 They spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid any possible government reprisal. 

 An Ethiopian government official, who also asked not to be named because they were not authorised to speak to reporters, confirmed the deliveries of soil. 

 Forensic DNA work has begun on identifying the remains but it may take six months to identify the victims, because the body parts are in small pieces. 

However, authorities say they will issue death certificates of the victims that came from 35 countries within two weeks.

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