It was supposed to be a dream family vacation. An immigrant grandfather eager to set foot on African soil after an absence of 30 years, reports New York Times.
A doting mother determined to show her Canadian daughters where she came from. Two teenage girls giddy at the prospect of seeing animals on safari in Kenya.
Instead, three generations of a Canadian-Indian family perished when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.
"I am not angry, but I am devastated; I have lost everyone," said Manant Vaidya, 41, whose parents, sister, brother-in-law and two teenage nieces all died in the crash, which had victims from 25 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, China and the United States.
In Brampton, Ontario, a multicultural suburban city outside Toronto where Punjabi is the second-most spoken language after English, the tight-knit South Asian community is in shock at the deaths of Vaidya's mother, Hansini Vaidya, 67; father, Pannagesh Vaidya, 73; sister Kosha Vaidya, 37; brother-in-law Prerit Dixit, 45; and two teenage nieces Ashka Dixit, 14, and Anushka Dixit, 13.
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