A fundraising appeal to repatriate the bodies of the Kurdish family killed in a crash on M6 last Thursday raised more than € 60,000 a day after its installation.
Karzan Sabah; his wife, Shahen Qasm; and their eight-month-old daughter, Lina, died in a three-vehicle crash on the freeway near Ballinasloe in County Galway last week.
The family was originally from Kurdistan and had been living in Ireland since 2017.
A GoFundMe page was created Monday evening by family friend John Carey with a goal of € 40,000.
Around 10:30 pm Monday, it had slightly exceeded this amount with more than 1,500 people having donated. As of Tuesday morning, more than 2,400 people had made a donation, and the amount raised had exceeded € 60,000.
“You wouldn’t have met two nicer people, who loved Ireland and touched the lives of those they met. Many of us haven’t met Lina, and she never met her. family in Iraq, ”he posted on the page.
“We now desperately want to repatriate them to their families in Erbil, in the Kurdish region of Iraq, so that they can be close to their loved ones. It would have meant a lot to Karzan and Shahen.
“Please give what little you can, and we can try to bring comfort to those affected by this terrible tragedy. The more we breed, the easier it will be for their families, ”he posted.
Thursday night’s crash happened at around 7.40 p.m. on the M6 motorway in Poolboy, Ballinasloe, after driver Jonasz Lach entered the motorway from the wrong side and crashed head-on into the car of the family. All four died instantly.
A third car was also involved in the accident. The driver of this car was traveling alone and was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation is underway and Gardaí has appealed for witnesses.
Mr. Ahmed (36) was from Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. He studied agriculture at university and moved to Plymouth, England in 2011 to study for a master’s degree before continuing in 2017 to complete his doctorate in agriculture at NUI Galway.
He had recently been offered a lecturing position at Carlow.
A donor on the GoFundMe page said that Mr. Ahmed was due to start in their lab in Carlow soon and was “a really lovely person and so excited to start with us.”
“He had so much to offer and I was delighted to learn from him,” the person wrote.
Others offered messages of condolence to family and friends.