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

"I am so so sorry to hear of this terrible loss, and I send my condolences to all who knew the victims of this tragedy."
Katie, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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"I was so sorry to hear of loss to all the families and friends of these people fighting to make the world a better place."
Jennifer, Oakville

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"Condolences to the families left behind by the tragedy, and to you at WWF."
Kefas, Lisboa, Portugal

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"This is a great loss to WWF. My condolence goes to their families and friends. I'll pray for their losses. Lets us all keep the faith and carry on the fight."
Khai, Malaysia

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"To all the foresters of Nepal, past and present, we send our condolences on the loss of so much experience, dedication and talent in the disaster. Three of those killed were our students in Forestry Dept/Human Ecology (now SRES) ANU. We send our condolences to the families of those lost."
Dr Sue and Dr Hartmut Holzknecht, SRES, ANU

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"Such a tragedy...such a loss...they will not be forgotten and the work must continue. In sympathy."
Barbara Azzalina Medford, Ma. 02155

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"I am so sorry to hear about the crash. Please send my condolences to their families. My prayers and thoughts go out to their families."
Jodi , from Monessen, Pa

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"My deepest condolences."
Mark E. Smith, Lexington, NC

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"It is with a very heavy heart that I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all those on the tragic heli flight that left departed Ghunsa last Saturday. Having personally worked in Kanchenjunga in 2000 on assignment for Mingma and Chandra, I can say unequivocally that their passion for conservation of the area and its rare biodiversity was exceptional. The conservation community will miss their contagious dedication deeply."
Chad Ovel, University of Chicago

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"This is such a sad day. They will not be forgotten and my thoughts go out to their friends and family."
Christina Begley, Florida

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"May your work continue so you shall not be forgotten. Thank you for your dedication."
Lanka, Portugal

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"I wish to send my prayers to the families of our conservation friends on this sad loss. When we lose one of this "breed" we have to spend a lot of time and resources to culture and bring to maturity others that can take up where lost ones left."
Birandra Singh, New Zealand

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"I was very much shocked to hear the news. It is a very tragic incident. Let us pray for them. I can't say anything more than this."
Adri Jovin, India

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"This is a terrible tragedy both in human and conservation terms - a huge loss of expertise and commitment to such important global work. I was privileged to meet Dr Chandra Gurung at an IUCN workshop in Vietnam and was inspired by his vision and the wonderful projects he was doing in Nepal. His humour and integrity will be sadly missed. Condolences to the families and friends of all those who were lost - I hope that their good work can be continued."
Jill Grant, Australia

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My hearty condolences and prayers! I worked with many of these colleagues and experts. Most of them were legends in their own fields with an unique approach to conservation. It is a great loss to conservation in Nepal. The common purpose that they all were working will remain immortal. Our thoughts go with the bereaved families and colleagues!

Shiva H. Achet, Roosevelt University, Chicago, USA

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"I feel very sorry!"
Sylvia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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"To the families of these poor souls, I could not even begin to imagine your loss of your loved ones, but their legacy shall continue and they shall not be forgotten for their very important role in the name of conservation. Be very proud of their achievements."
Shayne & Smith, Cairns, Australia

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"Condolences to the families left behind by the tragedy, and to you at WWF."
Anon.

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"So sorry that WWF, Nepal and the conservation movement has been dealt such a terrible blow. Sincere sympathy to the loved ones, family, friends and colleagues of those lost in this tragedy. Love and kind thoughts."
Ken & M Hickson Australia, formerly Singapore Honorary Representative, WWF International

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"I came to know about this tragedy from BBC News, I pray to All Mighty GOD to give peace to their soul who lost their life for conservation of nature and natural resources. God please give strength to their family members at the moment of this tragedy."
I belong to India and presently working as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Research Faculty of Agriculture of Hokkaido University, Japan

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"I knew almost all of those Nepalese Conservationists. I worked with them for more than a decade. It is indeed a great loss to the whole world in this field. My deepest condolences to families, friends and colleagues of the deceased."
Meena Joshi Dhamala, Toronto, Canada

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"Devastated to hear the news of this tragedy and the loss of such an exceptional and talented group while carrying out their duties. My condolences to the families and all former colleagues at WWF."
Duncan Parkes, WWF-UK, 1998-2003


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"Turut berduka cita (Indonesian's words for condolence message)."
Irma, Indonesia

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"All of us in the extended WWF family are desperately saddened by this terrible news. We'll miss Mingma and other colleagues deeply. I send my warmest thoughts to all WWF'ers."
Dan Viederman, USA

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"My deepest condolence, actually for all of us. They rest in peace now."
Agus, Indonesia

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"I am deeply sorry for tragedy they will never be forgotten. Hats off to those who dedicate their lives to nature conservation."
Le Van Hung, WWF Indochina, 2001 - 2004


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"Our deepest condolence to all the victims family. from Geoffrey and family."
Geoffrey S. Soosai, Malaysia

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"Fallen friends and colleagues - Each of you holds a special place in our hearts. Your loss inspires us to continue working for a world where people and nature can co-exist in harmony. 'Better not be at all than not be noble', said Tennyson. Your nobility was reflected in your beliefs, actions, and passion. We thank you and will cherish your memory."
Matthew Perl, WWF-US

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"My condolences to the families of the lost ones, they will not be forgotten and their work will always be remembered. Their lives were not lost in vain!"
Karin, Chile

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Matt, my heart aches for your parents, siblings and friends who love you so very, very much. The anguish of your loss can only be matched by the joy of having known you. You have left this world, but left it a better place. It was a privilege to have ever looked in your eyes, spoken to you, laughed with you and learned from you.

Emily H. Butler, Eagle, Idaho

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"My condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident."
Tim Gijzen, Canada

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"My heart goes out to you and I pledge to do everything I can to continue the fight for Mother Earth."
Charles Taylor Gillespie, Sydney, Australia

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"If we are to have a future, it will be because of people like you only, who risk everything and do the necessary, who fight for life over the threatened planet at any cost. History was born because men couldn't afford forgetting those who sacrificed their lives. It was kind of a sung homage to people bigger than all the problems and death. We will all be singing for you dear friends, from today and forever."
Lafayette, Brazil

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"I am so sorry for the painful loss of such dedicated people who held such a love for Nepal's natural riches, and for the Nepalese people. I am filled with admiration as I learn of their commitment and the projects they have undertaken. I am thankful for the lives they led and the example that they leave to us all."
Lindsay MacDonald, Bellingham, Washington, USA

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"I am sorry for your tragic loss. I hope everyone remembers you for the good that you were doing and the circumstances under which this tragedy occurred."
Mark, Texas

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"This is a horrible loss. I sympathize with the families, but this is truly a loss to everyone in our global community."
Luc Bibeau, Calgary, Canada

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"I am so sorry for your loss, but please know your loved ones are now in the caring, loving presence of Jesus and they will be all be watching over you until you can be together again. Please read 'Embraced by the Light' by Betty J Eadie, it helped me so much when I lost my daughter, it still helps me now and I know it will help you. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers and the work tyour loved ones did is so greatly appreciated by all of us trying to help save the world in our own ways. God Bless you and yours and always keep you in His care."
Charlotte Stahl, Gresham Oregon


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"On behalf of Wakatobi Project team, please have our deep condolences to 7 WWF-Nepal Staff whose heroics on nature conservation was suddenly stopped by the very terrible helicopter crash. We believed their dedication and their soul will always inspire us to continue saving our planet."
Wawan Ridwan, Project Leader for Wakatobi Marine National Park, South East Sulawesi, Indonesia

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"My family and I send our condolences to the families of all those who were involved in this tragic accident. We share your loss. Our thoughts are with you."
Lim Kah Cheng, Penang, Malaysia

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I am saddened to hear the news of the helicopter crash in Nepal. I cannot stop myself from crying though I never met these people personally, but the dedication they have given in order to help preserve wild life touched my heart. To the families and friends of those who departed, I share with you the grief, and may we also continue to pray for those who are left behind.

Janice Elaine R. Tamayo, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

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