Irish aid worker killed in Ethiopia car crash


An Irish aid worker has been killed in a car crash in Ethiopia.

Joyce Campbell (25) of Meenmore, Dungloe, Co Donegal died when the car she was travelling in crashed last night near her base camp.

The two other occupants of the car, a man from Kildare and another from Dublin, were both injured. It is understood their injuries are not life-threatening.

Ms Campbell had been working with the Vincentian Lay Missioners since the middle of last month. She had been teaching English to local children in a project run by the Daughters of Charity. She had been due to spend four months in the east African country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to assist the Campbell family in returning her body to Donegal.

The Vincentian Lay Missionaries, which was formed in Dublin in 2003, sent seven volunteers to Vincentian Family projects in Ethiopia and Guatemala last year. The volunteers pay for their fares, insurance and other expenses through fundraising.

A spokeswoman for the Vincentian Lay Missionaries said that its provincial Fr Kevin O'Shea and another priest, Fr Brian Moore, were travelling to Donegal to support Ms Campbell's family.