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Kenyan and Ugandan survivors abused by BA pilot

38 children and young adults were abused by British Airways pilot Simon Wood whilst carrying out work in overseas organisations, including charities linked to the airline. In 2016 the Airline agreed a compensation settlement; however, they deny any liability.

The settlement will ensure that all those who were abused by First Officer Wood will now be compensated. Wood, from Hertfordshire, committed suicide in 2013 after he was charged in the UK with indecent assault and making and possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Wood abused children and young women when they were aged between around 4 and 18 in schools and orphanages during stopovers in Kenya and Uganda between 2001 and 2013 whilst flying for British Airways.

The legal case centred on whether BA could be held vicariously liable for the actions of Wood and whether British Airways had a duty of care for the children abused in the countries Wood visited whilst working for the airline and taking part in charity work.

Responding to the news of the settlement, one of the girls said:

“The money will help in my school fee at school because it has been a problem to me. And when I finish schooling I would like to start a business which could help me in the future.”

Another young woman told Leigh Day:

"The compensation that I will receive it will help me a lot to be able to see a doctor and for my education so as I can finish school and go to university and get a good job so I can help others.”

Another girl said simply: "I am so happy because as a child I have been listened to.”

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