Daily Mail, UK

By Barbara Jones


The body of murdered London schoolgirl Arsema Dawit was taken back to her African family last week and buried in a heartbreaking ceremony on an ancient hillside where thousands came to weep and pray.

Women sobbed openly and Arsema’s distraught father collapsed with grief as his daughter was lowered into her grave.

In this setting of almost biblical simplicity – cattle and donkeys wandered through the eucalyptus trees as four Orthodox priests intoned the requiem – one question was on everyone’s lips.


Epic: Some of the thousands of mourners follow Arsema’s coffin

Last Tuesday, outside the simple village church at Adiaklom, 15 miles south of the Eritrean capital Asmara, a sudden gust of wind sent loose earth and stones swirling around Arsema’s grave.