Heartbroken family members on Thursday morning mourned their loved ones at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash as others picked through the rubble for any sign of the 157 people who died.
Ethiopian Airlines organized a memorial for the 17 Ethiopian victims, including eight crew members, taking the unusual step of busing in relatives and neighbors from around the country to a crash site that is still the focus of an active investigation.
Families begin to cry as soon as they left their buses and saw the dark earth seeded with the scraps of the once-massive airplane.
Remainders left by mourners who visited on previous days are spread around the scene.
A bunch of faded white roses lies at the edge of tape cordoning off the site next to two chocolate bars bearing Chinese wrappers. Eight Chinese nationals died in the crash.
Cries of “My child!” and “My brother!” filled the air around the site. Some family members fell to the ground in grief, while others moaned the names of their dead loved ones over and over.
Below are photos from the scene: