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Air Algerie Flight AH5017: Quebec's Burkina Faso community mourns

07/25/2014 12:57 EDT | Updated 09/24/2014 05:59 EDT
Quebec’s Burkinabé community is coming together to support the families of Burkina Faso immigrants who were aboard Air Algerie Flight AH5017 when it crashed on Thursday.

Five Canadians and several Canadian permanent residents, all from Quebec, were among the 116 people on the plane, which was flying from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou to Algiers when it went down over northern Mail.

According to the Burkinabe Association of Greater Montreal, 11 members of Quebec's Burkina Faso community — six adults and five children — were on board. 

Association president Mahamadi Savadogo said his community is doing what it can to help support those affected.

"We put in a crisis unit to support the families," he told CBC's Daybreak.

The association has also set up a fund to raise money for the families. 

Passengers from Longueuil, Sherbrooke

Four of the five Canadians on Air Algerie Flight AH5017 were members of a Longueuil family: Winmalo Somda, his wife Angelique Kpoda, and their children, Arielle and Nathanael.

Winmalo's brother, Wilfried Somda, was also on the plane.

The family members were on their way back to Montreal after attending a wedding in Burkina Faso.

Wilfried Somda's pregnant wife and their three-year-old daughter stayed behind in Longueuil.

"Something that is important to have in this situation is to have a human presence and morally support them," Savadogo said. 

Isabelle Prévost, of Sherbrooke, Que., was also travelling with the Somda family.

Her partner, Danny Frappier, said Prévost was on vacation. She is survived by three children, aged five, seven and nine.

​Mamadou Zoungrana, a permanent resident who lived in Gatineau, lost his wife and children.

Zoungrana and his family had been living apart for the past two years.

His wife, Salimata, and sons, six-year-old Brice and 13-year-old Arsène, were supposed to land in Montreal this week, to join Zoungrana for a new life in Canada.

BassirouYameogo, who lives in Jonquière, lost his wife, Kadidia Koanda, and son, Aboubacar.

The Burkinabé Association of Greater Montreal is asking people who want to help support the families affected by the Air Algerie crash to phone 514-999-5992 or email tresor@abgmca.org.

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