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

"Realmente siento en el alma que personas que sirven a la naturaleza sin pedir recompensas a cambio tengan que dejar a un mundo al que realmente le hace falta gente como ellos."
Omar Padilla Gonzalez

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"God Bless."
Kelly Riley, PA

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"My heart goes out to all the families affected by this tragedy. It is especially heartbreaking to know what affect this could have on Nepal's future environmental work. I hope WWF will continue your fabulous work, despite such a tragedy."
Corinna, California, USA

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"Each person that dies protecting wildlife and our planet, must be remembered eagerly. We may be few, compared to the whole human population, but this is why we must work double, triple, to compensate the damage that other humans do to our planet. Rest in piece, for you will surely live in all our memories. We will continue fighting for the cause you fought all your lives."
Alejandro, Colombia

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"I wish to express my deepest condolences at the passing of several dignitaries, crew and WWF staff on September 23rd, 2006, in Nepal. May Gold Almighty bless and be with them always."
Marisa Tiashanty, Jakarta, Indonesia

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"My heart goes out to the families and friends of those affected. My prayers are with all of you. God has a plan, some times we may not understand it but we just have to have faith. God bless you all."
Grace Siromani Duraisingham, WWF-Malaysia

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"Words cannot describe the sudden loss of so many of Earth's warriors."
Angeline, Malaysia

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Ali Boraby, Toledo, Ohio, USA

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"My deepest condolences to the family, the world of conservation has lost a few of their children."
Sarah Amutha, Malaysia

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"It is a really huge blow but we can still continue this endeavour for a living planet."
Wang Hua Ru, Northeast Forestry University of China

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"People who die protecting our environment, our world, become our guides, our examples to follow. Thanks for teaching us what really matters: an alive planet!"
Nancy Barbosa Iregui, Colombia, South America

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"To the family and friends, We all share in your sorrow and pray that you will find comfort in God's grace. The world owes much to these who have strived to give so much. God bless."
Dr. Calvin Loh, on behalf of Malaysian Nature Society

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"I would like to send out my heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives in this tragic event and to the families and friends who lost loved ones."
Marc, Toronto, Canada

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"An irreparable loss to Nepal and Conservation community of world. I am praying for the departed souls. All our condolences to the families and friends."
Jagannath Aryal, New Zealand

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I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of the family members, loved ones, and friends who lost someone dear to them in Saturday’s crash. Matt Preece. I have loved you since the 7th grade. You always made me smile and your laugh is so contagious. I lived my life through you. I couldn’t wait to see your pictures and hear your stories.

I always felt that you were doing exactly what you were put on this earth to do. You loved your work and I think the world is a better place because of people like you, who selflessly dedicate their lives to a cause. Words can not express the loss that I feel, but I am comforted in the fact that I knew a great individual for a moment in time, who I was proud to call my friend. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I miss you.

Mayen

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"Deep condolences for the families and friends that left behind."
Siska and Pinta, indonesia

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"Myself, My Parents & My Wife are really sad for what had happened in Nepal. We deeply give soulful condolences to everybody who died in the helicopter crash."
V. Akshayadeep, India

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"My deepest sympathy goes out to the friends, family, and colleagues of the wonderful people who were lost in this tragic accident. Their essential work in the name of conserving animal species and the environment will not be forgotten, nor will it be abandoned. Their memories will be honored by continuing the noble work they began."
Elizabeth Nollner, USA

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"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is a terrible tragedy!"
Dianora Niccolini, NYC, NY


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"Please accept my condolence, this is a hard thing for the conservation world and for WWF."
Arif Budiman, Indonesia, Tesso Nilo Conservation program

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"'We agree to disagree,' Jill once told me. We were having one of our 'fixing the environment' discussions in the early 1980s and my radical views had clashed with her more gentle, compromising approach. At the time, we worked with lab animals (whose well-being she was trying to improve) at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, at the Australian National University, and she was about to embark on an Australian poultry and pig industries-related PhD."

"She completed her studies and went on to apply her gentle, persuasive approach around the world. She took up a string of increasingly important environmental positions while becoming specialised in forest preservation - culminating as conservation director of the World Wildlife Foundation in Britain. Dr Bowling's enduring legacy is in demonstrating that environmental problems can be better solved with a balanced combination of amiable empathy and science."
Jorge Gapella, JCSMR, ANU

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"It was really shocking and heart-rending for me to receive this news from WWF this morning. For those soldiers who sacrificed in the struggle for Mother Earth Conservation, I do hope their spirits will rest in peace, for their successors will continue their career. I share the grief of their families and friends. Friends all over the world and Himalayan range commemorate them always."
Kim, HCMC, Vietnam


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"Its most unfortunate that people who cared for nature and strived for it had to die in this terrible accident. Probably the best way to pay homage would be to carry on the good work they did. Lets all pray God to give strength to their families to bear the loss."
Kiran, Bangalore India

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"I am sorry for their death."
Anon.

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"I am deeply saddened hearing this news by this tremendous loss to the country, and internationally. I Hope WWF would always to do better in the field of conservation in the world. All of families and their WWF comrades are in my prayers. My deepest condolence to the deceased and their family."
Hesty purwantiningsih, Indonesia

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"Please accept my condolence - all the people who were died unexpected helicopter crash."
Ruwan Indika, Sri Lanka


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"The crash has been a big blow to conservation around the world and is a terribly tragedy. I would like to give my condolences to all who knew the people who died in the crash. Our hearts go out to you."
Jessica Whyte, Australia

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"Mingma, Chandra and Tirtha - I shall miss your presence greatly but your inspiration, commitment and spirit remain with me. My special thoughts are with your families and those other families facing up to this of tragic loss of their loved ones."
Michael J.B. Green, UK (currently Colombo, Sri Lanka)

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"It is always a sad day when the world loses good brave people who fight for our planet and the creatures who cannot defend themselves. People who emerge themselves in cultures and ecosystems that need saving in order to better understand how to help them. Research is important and potentially dangerous, but someone has to do it. My deepest regards go out to those who lost their lives in this tragic accident and all others."
Jennifer M. Williams, Clarksville, TN

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It is such a grief which is to be shared by all particularly, those who are linked to conservation of natural resources around the world. Dedication of their lives, in a helicopter crash in Ghunsa, Nepal, will be remembered always in the history of conserving the natural resources of Earth. Infact, their death is a huge loss for conservation community.

Dr. Mir M. Mansoor, Chief Wildlife Biologist, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Obroi Wildlife Office Complex, Boulevard Road, Sringar, J&K State, India

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"A Sad day, indeed."
Elise Tempelhoff, environmental journalist, Beeld, South Africa

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"My deepest condolences to the skilled crew, dignitaries and WWF staff. My heart and mind are with their families. May they rest in peace and hope they have found another better place."
Francel Diaz Leñero, Mexico

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"My Deepest Condolences to all the WWF Staff and the Nepalese Workers. I shall pray to the almighty to rest there souls in peace"
Balasundaram V S, Chennai, India

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"We deeply mourn the sudden demise of the crew and the passengers on board the helicopter on the fateful day. Our hearts go out to their families."
Dr. Satya P.S. Kushwaha, Professor and Head, Forestry and Ecology Divison, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, India


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"It's really bad news."
Laghav Singh Negi, Nainital, India

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"Words cannot express our loss. My deepest condolence to the WWF."
Suresh Kumar.G, Coimbatore, India

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"Such a tragedy! I pray for their souls."
Angeliki dimaki, Athens, Greece


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"I am sorry about the accident. My condolences to the families."
Severus, Romania

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"It is really a setback for us. But we will always remember their good work for nature."
Pakumoni, Assam

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I would like to offer my condolences to the families and co-workers of those in the tragic accident. Their loss is unimaginable & irreparable and my thoughts are with them. The conservation community has also lost a significant number of dedicated professionals who made a difference and have left their mark!

Er Narayan Gurung, Kadoorie Aid Association, British Gurkhas Nepal

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