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

"It is really sad news from me, I know this team and have coordinated with them, while working with WWF Pakistan. It is real setback in the history of WWF."
Kashif Ijaz, Former WWF Pakistan Projects Coordinator

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"My colleagues, I hope you are well in paradise."
Wu Nan, China

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"I deeply respect people who unselfishly dedicate their lives to protect our beutiful planet. That is why this terrible tragedy has struck me even more. My heart truly goes out to the families and friends of all the passengers and crew on that flight."
Petra Isakovic, Slovenia

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"I'm realy very sad to read these news. Hope the best for all of you to try to save biodiversity of our earth."
Peter Metafas, Greece

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"I am extremely shocked to hear the tragic news of helicopter crash in Nepal claiming the cream personality devoted toward wildlife conservation and environment. The loss is irreparable. I pray for their souls to rest in peace."
Narayan Dhakal from Nepal, currently at Kyoto University, Japan

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"To All, It was with deep sorrow, shock and sadness that I read about the tragic loss of WWF staff and several dignitaries from Nepal in the helicopter crash.My sincere syphathy to all their families. May Their Dear Souls Rest In Eternal Peace."
Nicola Washumba

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"My sincere condolences. Nature cries for the people who loved it."
Loreta, Lithuania

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"To my brother-in-law, niece & nephews...be strong, do not be sad, take pride and courage in your hearts right now & rejoice in his spirit, Chandra was a great man. He was a rare soul, almost bigger than life, who gave freely of his knowledge, his time and himself. He is unforgettable to all those whose lives he touched with his bright eyes, his broad smile, his infectious personality & his imposing stature."

"There are not many like him, who not only cherished his family, his people and his country, but worked hard with his extended family, WWF, and all the conservation organizations around the world for a better understanding of how we all have to take an active part in sustaining the gifts the earth has given us."

"To Dr.Chandra Prashad Gurung and all of those who perished with him, may your spirits rest in peace knowing that you have made an indelible mark on this planet and on all of us. You will continue to inspire us to bring about change through efforts in conservation & sustainability around the world. With heaviness in my heart, tears raining forth, & an absence of words one cannot express what such a tragedy for Nepal, Conservation, WWF & Mother Earth has just taken place. Doing what they loved, celebrating in their hearts their great accomplishment, & looking to the future, they left us."

"However, like a great Phoenix rising, they have shown us the way. We must be & are, inspired to continue their efforts. So with a smile in our hearts, not a gaping wound to our soul, we should not mourn but celebrate their lives and their great accomplishments. They are already greatly missed by their families, friends and colleagues...all whose lives they touched, even in the smallest way."

"The heavens cry when angels fly.. and so it did the day they left us. Mother Earth mourned her loss as do all her creatures great and small that they worked so tirelessly for & dedicated their lives to. They were careful not to leave even a footprint during their lives, but the impact of their every step has been noted and is a beacon to us all!"
Doris, Greece

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"Dear friends, What has happened is a great loss for friends, family and nature and I hope that they can help us from 'upstairs' and carry on with the good work."
Marlies, The Netherlands

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"Condolences to all. Peace."
LDC, SG

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"We grieve with the families of all those colleagues who have lost their life in the cause of preserving the beauty of nature all around us. Word cannot express the agony. But we pray that the power behind creation will grant their families fortitude to bear the lost, and eternal rest to the departed. Adieus."
Akinnola N. Akintunde, ICARDA, Syria

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"The love that once was born can not die. For it has become part of us, of our life, woven into the very texture of our being. Each of us would wish to leave some part of ourselves, So here and now we bear witness to the one we knew in life, Who now in death bequeaths a subtle part, precious and beloved, Which will be with us in truth and beauty, In dignity and courage and love To the end of our days."
-Algernon Black

"This was sad news for me as it is one of the big tregidy in the history of WWF, I remembered Dr Chandra as good friend and collegue."
Kashif Ijaz, Former WWF Pakistan Projects Coordinator, UK

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"No words can ease the pain of this loss. No words can replace those who have left us. And no words are enough to thank them for their work. But maybe thoughts can do something, and they are forever in mine."
Bart Holvoet, FSC Belgium

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"My heart goes out to all the families and loved ones of those lost in this terrible tragedy. Thinking of you all."
Monica, UK

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Wetlands International is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of life incurred by the Saturday 23rd September helicopter crash in Nepal and we send our condolences to the relatives of the victims, and also to the many colleagues in WWF and within the government departments with whom we work.

Douglas Taylor (for CEO), Wetlands international HQ, The Netherlands

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"If Gen. Douglas Macarthur was alive today, he would say that Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece did not die, they just faded away. It was only their physical bodies that were lost, not their great deeds as defenders of Nepal's natural beauty and wealth. Without doubt, their passing away will inspire more environmentalists to follow their footsteps. Shalom to their families and friends."
A. Filipina

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"I am sending my heartfelt condolences to WWF and to the families of this tragedy. The supporters of WWF and frankly anyone who cares about this planet has lost great friends and will be sadly missed."
Jane Kwasnicki, Ashton in Makerfield, England

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"We, here at WWF Caucasus Programme Office, are shocked by the tragedy which happened in Nepal with our Network members and other passengers. We would like to send our sincere condolences to members of families of all deceased who left us so abruptly."
Tamaz Gamkrelidze, WWF Caucasus PO

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"I have been shocked and greatly saddened at the news of the helicopter crash in Nepal. May I add my name in sending my sincere condolences and warmest sympathy to all those bereaved families. Such a loss of those dedicated workers and Nepalese Government Ministers will take time to replace. For all who lost their lives we owe deep gratitude and can best honour their work with our continued dedication to WWF."
Ann O'Neill, Amman, Jordan


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"I'm very upset to what is going on. I pray to all of them and send my condolence to their family."
Anon.

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"A sad day, indeed! May the families of all the passengers and crew on the flight have the courage and strength to face this terrible loss."
Arun Agnihotri

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"The good one's always go first. This was a tradic day for the earth. Let's honor them, by living after their example."
Anette, Norway


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"You know you guys make such a difference that i dont even think some people realise it. I am a huge supporter of WWF and think you guys are fantastic. I was very sorry to hear about the helicoptor crash, the people on board who died will be missed more than they know. Take Care and keep up the great work."
Aleny Collins, Ireland

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"I am so sad but the show must go on. Thanks."
Lili Muslihat, Indonesia

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"I feel nothing but sincere admiration for people who dedicate their lives to conservation. They will be missed."
Kristina, Serbia

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"When I read the news of the helicopter crash - I felt sorry. We lost people who work for maintainance of biodiversity. I wish strength for their families and colleagues."
Tenaw Ayele, Bichena,
Ethiopia

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"For these people, who lost their life here on earth, they have won another life in a better place. Because for the defenders of wildlife and nature there will always be a special place somewhere in the universe."
Pedro Noel da Luz, Portugal

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"Un abrazo desde Palma de Mallorca (España) y mis condolencias a familiares y amigos de los fallecidos."
Anon.

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"I am so very sorry to hear about this misfortune. My condolences to WWF and to the family members of the people involved."
Ujjal Kumar Sarma, Wildlife Trust of India

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Saddened as we all are by the tragedy, on behalf of WWF-India, I wish to express our deep condolences to the families of the deceased. Condolence meetings have been held in our offices in India. Many of those involved in the tragedy were our friends for many years. We wish to convey our support to WWF Nepal at this dark hour. Staff of WWF-India all across the country network have joined in expressing their condolences. We stand by for any help needed by WWF-Nepal at this point and going forward. The lights will shine on.

Ravi Singh, WWF-India

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"I am shocked to hear about the tragedy which has taken away some of the best environmentalists. I pray to God to give strength to their families to overcome this tragedy."
Shailendra Rawat, India

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"My prayers are with you."
Carolina, Lisbon, Portugal

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"To the families of those who perished in Nepal, I was saddened by the news. We cannot do something but to face death as it comes. We all should be glad that they die while doing their advocacy of taking care of what was left by people who care less of our environment. Their death is not in vain. Let's all celebrate life and continue what they have left. May God comfort you all."
Armida D. Miranda, Philippines

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"God created the world in seven days, I suggest we keep a minute of silence in our own time for each day, for each life lost. My honest recognition and admiration to them, my hands of comfort to their parents, families and close friends. I will pray for you. Thanks friends of WWF, you always will be with us."
Ivan Vidal, Madrid, Spain


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"Todos ibamos en ese helicoptero. Un sincero abrazo e ininito cariño."
Tania, Spain

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"My deepest condolences to the families, friends, the colleagues of the deceased and the Government of Nepal. This is a huge blow for all off us. But this should not stop the fight to preserve the nature and all the living creatures on this lovely planet."
Bane Krstic, Serbia

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"Such devastating news, a tragic loss in fact no words can express this sad event. My thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues."
Lee-Rose Jordan, Rugby, England


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"Dear Director General, We are very sorry to listening such a bad news in field of conservation. We have lost our big National and international properties that we cant fulfill again. We really shocked from the helicopter crash and untimely demise of world class scientists, friends of diplomatic missions and crews. We want to convey our hearty condolance to thier family via WWF and also want to share thier sorow with us and pray the god to have a peace for thier soul."
Sagar Neupane, Nepal, Kathmandu

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"Like our Spanish friend Felix Rodrigo de la Fuente, who lost his life long time ago after an helicopter tragedy, I give my condolence to all these great people who were facing a battle against the killing of our planet and animals. We will have you always inside our hearts."
Violeta Novella Dalmau, Barcelona, Spain

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No one can replace a beloved one, nothing can diminish the grief. Having lost our son just one month ago, we feel greatly comforted by all the sympathy we received from the international conservation family. I wish you a lot of strength to get over this terrible loss. Words cannot describe your sorrow, but I am convinced that you will be positively inspired by them and by the things they stand for, now and in the future.

Piet Wit, The Netherlands (Deputy Chair IUCN-CEM)

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