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

"Dear friends in WWF Nepal, I am sending my deepest condolences for the accident. May God Give Strength and Bless The Family of the victims. and after this accident i hope all of you still could give the best to empower the global civil society with environtmental awareness. God Bless You All!"
Fransiskus Adrian, Karawaci

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"May I send my great condolences to your WWF office for the loss of the officer's lives while they were on aa helicopter, when they were on WWF official mission in trying to conserve our Natural environment through Nepalese people. May God rest thier souls in peace."
James Emuria, Kenya

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"Rest in peace."
Clarice, Canada

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"I sincerely send my condolences and sympathy to the families of all those affected by the crash and to the government and people of Nepal."
Herbert Tushabe, Kampala, Uganda

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"I am very sorry for the loss of these dedicated conservationists. It is indeed a huge setback for natural issues in general, but even more so because of the dedication of these people."
Anon.

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"My heartfelt condolence to all the family members oof high level dignitaries who lost their lives in the very tragic helicopter accident. Nepal lost great leaders of conservation community, geography and biodiversity. May all the family members of deceased have the strength to endure such a deep grief and irreparable losses."
Bishnu Raj Upreti, NCCR-North-South, Kathmandu, Nepal

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"The sudden death of those dedicated conservationists who were engaged to conserve the wildlife saddened me and I do send my condolences to WWF and Nepalese people who lost a part of their human capital."
Dr. Hassan, President of Somali Fisheries Society

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"This is very sad new for us. Really its a disaster for us. God bless their family."
Anon.

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"I am very sad about the loss."
Shivraj Jaipal Singh, Ranchi, Jharkand, India

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"To the family members of those killed in this tragedy. May the comfort of the Lord Jesus be with all and do not ask why all this happen but to keep looking up to the Almighty and Sovereign Lord that all things happen is because of a purpose that will be revealed to us in His time. Peace and comfort be with you."
Chan Wei Nee, Winnie, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia

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"Heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and work colleagues of these wonderful people."
Rosemary Drabsch, Aldgate, South Australia

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"My heartfelt condolences to all bereaved families, especially to the young family of Bigyan Acharya, whom many of us in the Netherlands remember as a devoted conservationist and scientist and kind man, from the time he studied here for his PhD degree."
Pieter Baas, National Herbarium of the Netherlands

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"It's very sad to hear about this. Yet we shall keep our promise that your effort will never be forgotten,and that we will always keep in mind for all the work that you've done to the world - for everyone on this planet."
Joanne, Hong Kong

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"I would like to express my deepest condolences on the loss of these compassionate caring people. It is a great tragedy."
Laura Holmes, Kidderminster, United Kingdom

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I’ve been deeply shocked and extremely upset since the weekend when I heard of the helicopter crash and the loss of so many lives including Dr Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Dr Tirtha Maskey and Dr Narayan Poudel. I had known Mingma, Dr Gurung and Dr Maskey for over 20 years and find it extremely hard to believe they are gone now.

As well as being key figures in nature conservation in Nepal, they had of course many years of experience in working in community-based conservation with local people. They were wise, humorous, totally committed, innovative and towers of strength. In their work they seemed to complement each other’s qualities. I wish so much I could be in Nepal and join in the memorial occasion tomorrow.

I feel the best long term memorial for them is to ensure that their work in Nepal conservation goes on, especially their work with local communities in conservation. Surely this is what they would have wished. Thinking of them, their families and all at WWF Nepal and DNPWC at this time. My husband Tim joins me in sending his condolences. Heartfelt wishes.

Carol and Tim Inskipp, UK

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"I was really anxious after reading this news on first day in The Times of India paper. It is most sad news for all members and employees of  the WWF family. We can mark this Day as a "Tragic Day" in every year. We must remember all our colleagues, who have recently lost their precious life gloriously working for WWF."
Dipen Ch. Borah, WWF-India, Guwahati, Assam, India

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"The world suffered a great loss when these people were taken from it, the work they did is of immeasurable value."
J. McDowell, New Zealand

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"I just wanted to offer one more condolence to all of you at WWF on the loss of those aboard the helicopter. Please continue the good work you do. We will never forget what you've done."
Lika, Indonesia

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"In this, we are so powerless. May there be lots of arms to hold & comfort you when you mourn this loss. Courage!"
P.E. Lippe, The Netherlands


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"May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace. We will remember you always in our prayers. To the family members, please be strong, we will be with you in the prayers. Rest in Peace."
Robert Nyirenda, Lusaka, Zambia

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"Parents, friends and collegues that know the victims must be proud. How can people take risks to save natural resources - we should learn from these people."
Robi

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"A colegas y familiares de los componentes de WWF Internacional que han desaparecido en el fatídico accidente en Nepal. En momentos asi sabes que no hay palabras, solo silencio y recuerdo para aquellos que han dado su vida por defender la Tierra, una Tierra que es de todos y que siempre existen guardianes del planeta para intentar protegerla."

"En este caso, hoy, al mirar al cielo y mañana, veremos siete estrellas brillantes nuevas que alumbran el cielo palpitante de colorido y amor, siete luceros nuevos, en cuyo pecho llevan un panda, símbolo de los heroes del silencio, de los guerreros defensores de este fragil planeta."

"En nombre del Proyecto Gran Simio/España, recibe nuestro más sincero pésame. Un abrazo muy fuerte y gracias por luchar por todos nosotros. Sois fenomenales. Un abrazo de corazón y tener presente que mis lágrimas se han unido a las vuestras con profundo amor y apoyo."
Pedro Pozas Terrados, Director Ejecutivo Proyecto Gran Simio, España


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"To the families and friends of Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece - I share your grief during this most difficult moment. It is a big lose to conservationists all over the world. The best we can do is continue with the work they dedicated their lives too. May you all have peace."
Andrew wamukota, Kenya sea turtle conservation commitee, Kenya

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"I would like to send my deepist sympathy to friends and family of the lost ones, and too Nepal for suffering this setback. I am also very saddened by the loss of many defenders of the natural environment, and we will miss them deeply."
Alissa Hattersley (currently living in Thailand)

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"What a devastating loss for WWF and conservation. My condolences to the WWF and the bereaved families."
Lisa Plit, South Africa

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"I don't find any suitable words. This loss is beyond any kind of condolence, it is immense. In one event of fate, not only have I lost several personal friends from conservation scene in Nepal but most of all the nation suffered an irrepairable loss. The loss of international supporters for the cause of conservation in Nepal on top of this is like salt on the wound. May God rest them in peace and help Nepal reconcile."
Rajesh Bhakta Shrestha, SNV Ghana, Accra


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"This great loss to the country cannot be compensated even after long time. Just think on who, from those killed in this tragedy, can be replaced. Can Dr. Chandra Gurung or Dr. Harka Gurung or Dr. Tirthaman Maskey or Mingma Sherpa or Bigyan Acharya or Sharad Rai or Yesi Lama be replaced? Their office chair will be occupied in no time by others, but who can occupy the place that these great souls have made in the hearts of the people they were associated with. This tragedy has taken away all the experts with so much down to earth approach."
NT, Patan
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"My heart felt condolence to the deceased families. The world needs dedicated people like them, to save this earth. I hope their good work would still continue, even after the sad demise."
Sushma, Bangalore, India

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"I feel very sad. first there are so less people to care and then losing them is more sad."
Anon.


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I feel solidarity and compassion with the families of the victims and do urge the institutions to bridge the terrible loss and to move from trauma to renewed determination.

Dr. Henner Ehringhaus, former Deputy Director General WWF International

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"My thoughts are with the fiends and families at this hard time. It's a terrible shock and a sore loss for all concerned."
Emily, Bristol

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"My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased."
Ana Machado, Portugal

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"It was painful, hearing the news of accident which took the lives of seven people.They sacrificed their lives for whole humanity. God let them have peace in heaven."
Shyamsundarsaini, India

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"My condolences to the families of the crash victims, WWF and Nepal. They will always be remembered."
Zain Zaidi, Pakistan


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"In moments like these there is nothing to do but remember the lives of our passed away loved ones and continue to keep their candle lit through our actions and heart."
Elizabeth, Malta

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"On behalf of the West Bengal Forest Department, I convey condolence and sympathies to the families of Dr. Maskey and all other victims of the unfortunate accident. May God give them the strength to bear such an irreparable loss."
S.S.Bist, Additional, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, West Bengal

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"You will ever be in our hearts and we continue your work in protection of our nature."
Ilija Gelo, Croatian live in Berlin


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"My sincere condolences to the families of the WWF members and the Nepalese dignitaries who lost their lives in this tragic accident. But we need to go furter with their marvelous program in Nepal."
Xavier Gobin, Mauritius

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"Para as famílas dos que pereceram: tenho imensa pena e sinto muito a vossa perda."
Cristina Henrique, Portugal

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The staff of WWF Bhutan are deeply saddened by the loss of many WWF family memebrs and others onboard in the Saturday's helicopter crash in Ghunsa areas in Nepal. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of all the deceased and pray that they find strength to wade through this darkest hour of grieve.

This is inded an unfathomable loss, not only for WWF Nepal, US and UK but for all the rest of us in the conservation world as all of them had dedicated their lives to conservation. WWF Bhutan will miss all of them dearly for their unwavering support and visionary guidance that they had provided to the conservation efforts in Bhutan.

Mingma had not only helped establish and strengthen the WWF Office in Bhutan and managed it for 6 years but had been a close friend of all Bhutanese. Their bright spirits and fond memories will always live in our hearts. We would also like to commend the Government of Nepal, WWF Nepal, local communities, network staff and all the rest for their steadfast support and assistance. May God rest their soul in PEACE.

Staff of WWF Bhutan Program

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