The family of Irish photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski, who died in the process Ukraine are eagerly awaiting news this week of the mission to bring their beloved son and brother home for the funeral.
That’s what Mr. Zakrzewski’s mother, Marie-Ange Zakrzewska, said Irish Independent It was hoped that her son’s remains would be brought from Kyiv yesterday and the family are still awaiting confirmation.
Mr Zakrzewski was killed by Russian shelling outside Kyiv on Monday.
In the same attack, Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova was killed, while American broadcaster Benjamin Hall was seriously injured.
Mr Zakrzewski’s mother said her son’s former employers Fox and Sky News were working with Irish officials and officials from France and Poland to fly him back to Ireland.
She said the first step was to take Mr Zakrzewski’s remains to Kraków in Poland and from there to Dublin.
Ms Zakrzewska said the multi-agency team working to “bring Pierre home” did not specify how they will transport her son’s body from Ukraine to Poland, given the complex situation in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Mr Zakrzewski’s widow, Michelle, traveled to Poland to meet with some of Pierre’s family and assist with repatriation efforts.
Ms Zakrzewska said the family “hope for the best” and that the situation in the Ukrainian capital is not as bad as in other cities.
“At least Kyiv isn’t completely surrounded, so the siege wouldn’t prevent them from taking him out,” she said.
“The people who have been working with him want to get him out, so if everything goes according to plan – he should be out tonight or maybe tomorrow (Saturday).
“Then in Krakow for a day or two and then straight back to Dublin.”
Pierre Zakrzewski (55) was born in Paris to a French mother and a Polish father.
He grew up in Dublin’s Leopardstown district and attended school at St. Conleth’s College. He later studied at UCD and Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
He has lived in London for the last 15 years with his wife Michelle, who worked as a journalist for the BBC.
Mr Zakrzewski’s mother said it had always been her intention to take his body to Dublin and his wife fully agreed.
“I’m very happy because Michelle always said, ‘No, no, he’s coming home.’ There was no doubt about it. He has to come and this has to happen,” she added.
Ms Zakrzewska said if her son’s body makes it home safely, they plan to hold a funeral service for him in south Dublin.
She said there is a family gravesite in Co Kildare and they will take some of his ashes there to be buried with his father Andrzej.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/he-has-to-come-to-dublin-pierre-zakrzewskis-family-anxiously-await-news-of-repatriation-effort-from-kyiv-41464377.html Pierre Zakrzewski: The Irish journalist’s family is eagerly awaiting news of the repatriation efforts from Kyiv