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Foreign journalists die in car crash

Two foreign journalists have died in a car crash near Hosanna in southern Ethiopia last Sunday, the English weekly Capital reported today.

Portuguese national Stephanie Acri died instantly while her Italian colleague Carina Barroca passed away  on the way to the hospital in Butajira.

The crash left Stanislas de Cabrol, a French national, with severe spinal injuries and was taken to France to be treated at a Paris  hospital.

According to the Capital, the details of the accident are not known, but all three were thrown from the Suzuki Vitara they were traveling in. Witnesses reported that no other vehicles were involved.

The international team of journalists with the US based World Investment News, came to Ethiopia a few weeks ago for special economic coverage to be published in the American magazine, US News & World Report. They had interviewed a number of people including prime minter Mels Zenawi.

Capital says Stanislas is currently in intensive care and a first assessment indicated that if he survives, he will be paralyzed. Friends who accompanied him to Bole International Airport complained his chartered flight’s departure from Ethiopia was delayed, possibly leading to contract an infection that necessitated a stop in Germany.

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  1. Paul
    May 10, 2009 at 10:51 am

    What sad news!
    Our thoughts and prayer go to their families.
    Rapid recovery for Stanislas de Cabrol.

  2. Samrawit
    May 12, 2009 at 11:54 am


  3. a friend
    May 17, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I cant believe this terrible accident.

    Stanislas is nothing short of a great guy. His character and quirky sense of humour makes him simply unforgettable..We spoke about this exciting trip to Ethiopia and we laughed at the fact that he was being sent there since his first trip was an assignment in Jamaica.. His job was hard but he felt so lucky to be exposed to different cultures and wholeheartedly wanted to experience everything he came face to face with. He took the most beautiful photos of his stay in Ethiopia.

    My heart aches, knowing that he may never beat our friend at tennis again, never make someone dance, never go swimming in the playful way he would… My heart bleeds right now, not knowing if I would ever see him again.

    I pray for him and his family, I weep with the family of his collegues (both of whom I know Stan held dear to his heart) and I thank you for your report..

    We wish you well, our wonderful friend!

  4. Sean Keyes
    May 18, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I just heard the news about Stanislas. I worked in the same industry and helped him when he worked in Malta.

    I have also worked in Africa and have many colleagues who have done the same. This is such a terrible thing to happen.

    I wish him and his family all the best.

  5. Bea
    May 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Stephanie was a wonderful girl, I just hope she is playing with the angels now.

  6. Friend
    July 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    We were the perfect traveling companions, Stanislas ate and slept and I drove, he is a great companion and a dreamer. Across the US and everywhere else, so many hours on the road. He is an amazing photographer, friend and love. My heart goes out to his family and to the families who lost loved ones.

  7. Henok Tenna
    August 13, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I met Stanislas like three weeks ago before the accident. He came to my office at Ernst & Young seeking for advise on how he is gonna meet executives for the profiles they came for.
    I was really shocked to hear this tragic accident happning to good people like him.
    I am still curiouse (very) on the status of Stanislas…Would somebody tell me his status?
    I wish him a quick recovery and perfect health as it was before.

  8. bruno_france
    October 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    i met stan in hendaye hospital in june, but his recovery is slow and very hard, his family are trybing to nset himup in a flmat in paris, but hislife will never be the same again albeit, he his a courageous chap

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