Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"Sin duda alguna este es un hecho muy doloroso para todas las personas que conocían a las víctimas y para la comunidad conservacionista en general. Sin embargo, la muerte es parte de la vida y lo más valioso de una persona es su legado para el futuro, la huella que estos hombres dejaron en el mundo durante su vida. Estoy seguro de que gracias a su trabajo se podrá hacer mucho en el futuro. Mis condolencias!"
Paúl Guerrero, Ecuador

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"I'm really sorry because of this tragedy. Relay this message and deep condolences to all friends and families concerned. From all Mexican people that work and care for WWF."
Lucina Hernández, México city

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"I would like to offer my condolences for the people who were killed in the helicopter crash in Nepal. They died while trying to help the world. It will be a big loss without them."
Ana Saint Louis, MO

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"My deepest condolences for all the friends and families in this difficult time. And I hope that their good work will be continued by others so nature will reap the benefit of their efforts. I'm sure that would be the last wishes of these people who gave their lives for their beliefs."
Felah, Holland

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"We are shattered by this news and wish to convey to the family and the near and dear ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident that we share their grief."
Sujit Patwardhan PARISAR (Environmental NGO), Pune, India

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"These people were making the important work for development of mountain region of Nepal, for wild nature conservation. To pay honor to their memory, we should continue their work. Everyone in his place. We shall continue it in our Carpathians. We send our deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims."
Yuriy Wasidlow, President of Association "Our Home", Ukraine

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"It is really sad that we lost our fellow nature lovers and its a big blow to the administration as well. I express my condolences to all related to the team and WWF-Nepal."
Kapil, India

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"I am terribly upset for the loss of Nepal, WWF and all the people who dedicate themselves to protect world's natural beauties and treasures. I pray for all those who passed away in this tragic accident. Their work will not be forgotten."
Kemal Emre Ergül, TURKEY

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"I sincerely express my condolences for the death of all those people who strive to fight for a better world endangering their lives in in-numerable situations. The environment has indeed become poorer with the loss of them."
David, Portugal

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"We are very sorry for your loss. All animals and the environment have lost good friends. Our sympathies to all families and associates."
Darla and Fred Brodsky Dallas, Texas

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"I send my deep condolences to the friends, colleagues and families of the WWF staff that died in Nepal."
Eduardo Lopes, Portugal

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"Dear families and friends of the crew, my sincerest condolences. As a member of WWF I deeply appreciate and admire their work and dedication to a truly beautiful cause."
Christine van Rossum, Amsterdam

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"Please accept my condolences at this time. May God grant comfort and understanding to the families. May God grant us the serenity to accept things we cannot change."
Shauna narine, Trinidad & Tobago

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"I am very sad about this tragic loss to human beings, wildlife, nature and worldwide human community!"
Christa Gautschi, Switzerland

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Although I cannot feel the pain like the families and friends of those honorable people but I hope to convey my deepest condolences. Even though I do not know them I will remember this incident of misfortune happened upon those who were strived for the well being of this planet.

Anon.

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"Its really a great loss. We lost a great researcher and a very decent man. May God bless him."
Ejaz Ur-Rehman

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"I am heartily sorry for the loss of these seven dedicated conservationists. My thoughts are with all of their loved ones. With the recent loss of conservationist Steve Irwin it seems that our cause is suffering devastating losses at a horrific rate. The world cannot afford these terrible tragedies. I pray for all the animals and people that will suffer because of these senseless disasters."

"I only pray that comfort be given to all who are effected, that is all of the life on this besieged planet. I understand the grief of loss as I lost my own best friend yesterday, Sept 25, 2006. His name is Chance and his loss leaves my own life empty and barren. He was not a human and therefore knew no gile. I wish this grief on no other being. May God bless us all."
Joseph Milanese, Torrington, CT., USA

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"My condolences. Such a loss is difficult to understand. Such caring and helpful people are hard to find, but really needed in the world. God bless."
Jennifer Lyon, Sister bay, WI

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"Please send much love from me to the families concerned."
Wray Whyte, Cape Town, South Africa

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"Rest in peace with god, the very true paradise...heaven, nobody can destroy them."
Paulo Cordeiro, Portugal

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"My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends affected by this tragedy."
Frances M.Cone, Pawleys Island, SC, USA

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"I'm truly sorry for your loss. In a time where we need real wildlife heroes the most, to guide us through this ever growing battle between nature and the material world, it seems tragedy follows. Even though the crew from Nepal and WWF staff were not in the public eye like Steve Irwin their loss is as important and we hope that humanity as a whole will continue with their legacy and continue to achieve their goals. I thank them with all my heart for their hard work, passion and commitment to saving what is precious in this world."
Carolina Uribe, Florida, USA


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"I am deeply saddened and offer my condolences and courage to Nepalese, to the victims' families and colleagues from Nepal and all over the world."
Shahab Moeini, Iran

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"While living in Nepal, I was fortunate to meet Dr. Chandra Prasad Gurung and hear him talk about conservation efforts in Nepal. I spent several weeks in his hometown of Siklis, seeing first hand the impact of ACAP on the community and environment. Dr. Gurung, along with all others lost in this tragic accident, was a gift to Nepal and to the cause of environmental conservation. My condolences to the WWF family and to the families of all those lost."
Brooke Patterson, Washington DC

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"That was very sad news indeed. In a world where so many are so ready to kill each other because of our slightest differences these amazing people stood head and shoulders above the maddening crowd and brought us all up with their compassion. They will be sorely missed by animals and humans alike!"
Stephen Palm, MPH Palm Harbor, Florida, USA

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"its a huge blow to global environment protection community and ofcourse to the people of Nepal. Words are never enough to express our condolences but I would say that we will follow the ambition of all the people who lost their precious lives in this accident."
Baqar Raza Abedi, Dubai, UAE


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"Je vous prie de croire à toute ma sympathie à l'occasion de la tragique disparition de vos collaborateurs."
Jean-Marc Ischer, Lausanne, Suisse

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"My deepest condolences for the personal losses of each family affected, loss of all these good people who have devoted their lives to building globally recognized models of community forestry and biodiversity conservation. I am deeply saddened by the profound loss of these great hearts and minds. May God bless their action. May their soul rest in peace."
YSPE, India

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"Our deepest condolences to colleagues, families and friends. We are deeply saddened."
Ann Gilissen and Toon Bongers, Belgium Hasselt

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Here in the Netherlands we are devastated by the tragic news about the helicopter crash. This is a terrible blow to Nepal's conservation efforts. It is especially tragic that it happened just after having handed over conservation responsibility to the local communities of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Our condolences go to the families of the deceased. We, too, will mourn.

Cathrien de Pater, Netherlands

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"I send my most sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy, its such a sad loss."
Cheryl florence, UK

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"We will pay more passion for the work of protecting natural resources."
Ziwen, China

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"Dear friends: In this helicopter tragedy, we lost distinguished defenders of natural resources and overseas specialists, responsible for conservation and the environmental protection in Nepal, and the world. We want to continue with your ideas, effort, and attitude; Your loss will be our flag and our aims. We will fight everyday for keep our planet healthy. There is no place better than our Earth, we will never find another place like this. This was what we learn from you. May god be with all of you."
Rolando Checa Campos,
Environmental educato, Panama Canal Authority, Panama

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"I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all family members of these amazing people. Because as much as it is a loss for the world of natural conservation a lot more it is to the ones that were left here without their beloved ones. I am sorry for your loss. We know you will miss them a lot, the world will miss them too."
Jaroslava, Slovakia

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"I would like to offer one's sympathies to your colleagues. It is huge sacrifice for Nepal nature, for you, and of course for their families. I hope that their work will be continue to great results in protecting a living planet and caring every species."
Lenka, Slovakia

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"Dear WWF community and family members who have lost their beloved ones, I am sad for this bad news. Please accept my sincere condolences. The whole world and the global conservation community is shocked by the death of these dedicated people. Keep strong and let us continue revive the cause for which they have lost their precious life: the protection of the mother Earth. Thank you."
Jean-Marie BYAKWELI, Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Manager, RWANDA

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"We share your grief and we will dedicate the first ever release of rainbow trout fingerlings obtained from wild spawning fish in the Lake Calafquén Basin, in Southern Chile. The lake's fish are closed off from the sea by and hydropower dam and the fish population is near collapse."
Alejandro Koffmann, President, Lican-Ray Fishing and Hunting Club


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"My deep condolence."
Yousef Ali Alzaoby, President, Recording of birds of Daraa area project, Syria

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My heart felt thoughts go out to all the families. Matthew Preece was one of my students at Brandies University where he did his Master's Degree is Sustainable International Development. He was a kind man, who was dedicated to conserving nature while caring for the lives and concerns of those who depended on nature for their livelihoods. He will be missed by all.

David Boyer, IISD, Geneva

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