Sorrow at the loss of a colleague and the other victims of the airplane crash in Ethiopia

FAO is sharing this painful moment with all those who lost loved ones, including other members of the UN family

11 March 2019, Rome - FAO is in mourning at the loss of one of our team when an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday morning.

Joanna Toole was a committed fisheries officer who was passionate about helping to make the world a better place.

We feel the loss deeply and extend our sympathies to her family.

We also share the grief of others, including members of the UN family, who also lost colleagues and loved ones in the crash.

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In memory of those who died, the United Nations flag flies at half-mast at FAO's Rome headquarters.