Farewell for mi­grant girl

Sunday Express - - NEWS - By Tony Whitfield Pic­ture: LAM KHANH/VNA

DIS­TRAUGHT rel­a­tives of a girl who died with 38 other Viet­namese migrants in a lorry found in Es­sex paid trib­utes as her body was re­turned home yes­ter­day.

Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, was among the last to be re­turned as 16 coffins and seven urns ar­rived at Hanoi air­port.they were then taken by am­bu­lances to their fam­i­lies in north­ern and cen­tralviet­nam.

Around 100 fam­ily and neigh­bours gath­ered at Miss Nhung’s vil­lage in Nghe An prov­ince ahead of the funeral today.

Hold­ing white flow­ers, they waited at the en­trance to the vil­lage for the am­bu­lance, which ar­rived at noon.

One of her nieces held up her por­trait at the head of the pro­ces­sion which went to the Catholic church and then the fam­ily’s home. Vil­lagers lit in­cense as fam­ily mem­bers sat by the cof­fin adorned with Christ on the cross.

A first ar­rival of 16 bod­ies were handed over to rel­a­tives on Wed­nes­day with fu­ner­als held the fol­low­ing day.

The 39 vic­tims are be­lieved to have paid hu­man traf­fick­ers for their trip to the UK.

Lorry driver Mau­rice “Mo” Robin­son, 25, has ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to as­sist il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and ac­quir­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty but he has not en­tered pleas to 39 counts of man­slaugh­ter.

TRAGIC RE­TURN: Re­main­ing bod­ies of vic­tims ar­rive at Hanoi air­port yes­ter­day as, right, mourn­ers at home gather around cof­fin for Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19

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