BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Kristi Griem is still in shock.
Like most people in Birmingham, Griem watched in horror as flames consumed what was left of a UPS cargo plane that crashed on approach to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Aboard the plane were packages – a lot of them – all of which were lost in the crash.
Among the items lost in the rubble were handmade t-shirts and bags made by women in India, all victims of human trafficking.
“Those women are just as devastated as we are just by the loss of the work of their hands and the work they’ve made,” said Griem, who works for the organization called Freeset.
In all, 14,000 items were destroyed in the crash – precious cargo that Freeset hoped to sell to help victims of human trafficking better their lives.
“We’ve been told by UPS that they were on there and that they were on there and that they were all just dismissed,” Griem said. “They’re all going to be discareded.”
UPS says it will fully compensate Freeset for the loss, but that’s ultimately little comfort to the women who lost more than just cargo in the crash.
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