Farewell for migrant girl
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