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

"Our prayers go out to these families for their terrible loss."
Al & Helga Fry, Canada

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"My deepest sympathy and prayers."
Justine Zahara, Prince Albert, Canada

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"I am sorry to hear about this tragedy. Even though I don't know any of them personally, I appreciate all the efforts of these people who have made conserving nature their life commitment. I hope that their work will continue."
Hidayah, Singapore

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"I am sorry. It is often said that battles of any scale cannot be fought without sacrifice, but it is very sad to have such important movers in such a great initiative vanish. I am sorry."
Jimmy Hong, Canada

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"I would just like to say that reading this has made me sad, as I feel those who dedicated themselves to helping the world as a whole,  have suffered such a fate. I am deeply sorry for this loss to all of life, and though I was never lucky enough to meet any of these heroes, I will perform a ritual in their honor. To the families and friends: be strong, undoubtedly they have all progressed further in life with the good in there hearts and courage in their heads To the fallen: thank you for your sacrifice to this world ."
Adam Dolenc, Ontario, Canada

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"Toute ma sympathie aux familles des victimes."
Alexia Dufour, Viry, France

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"My deepest condolences for those who have sacrificed their souls for a better life and wildlife conservation in the future. God be with them."
Pratama Budhi Nugraha, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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"My deepest sympathy and condolence to WWF and the families of those who suffered the helicopter crash. My prayers are with you."
Zara, philippines

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"Accept our deep condolences. May God keep their soul in peace and give strength to the grieved families and friends in WWF to bear with the big loss."
Adonis Kourieh Aleppo, Syria

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"It is indeed a great loss for WWF and all of us because finding one dedicated person is difficult and loosing 7 of them is tragic. I, as a wildlife lover, am feeling really bad. May their soul rest in peace and may God give their families strength to cope with this tragedy."
Shantanu Chowdhury, New Delhi, India

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"I did not know these people but one has only to read the many dedications left here by those who loved them or who had the honour of working alongside them to appreciate the scale of their loss. For those of us without any personal grief to suffer it is an opportunity to address our own lives and ask, with those of the departed as our models, whether we are really using them to their highest purpose with the awareness that the untimely can strike at any moment to curtail forever our hearts deepest and truest ambitions.

Great as the temptation is in the moment of grief to elevate to extraordinary height's the lives of those who died, I'm sure that if they could speak now they would say that they were just ordinary people who saw what needed to be done and found the courage to act. There lies the baton, they dropped it in the snow high up in the mountains. Who dares pick it up? The void will be filled, others inspired by their achievements will come forth and seeing what still needs to be done will find anew the courage to act. 'Whatever you would do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.' W H Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"
Jason Dickinson, London UK

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"I feel sad for the world as it lost these wonderful people but they have moved on to a higher purpose. We must continue the work that they started."
Anon.

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"I'd like to offer my sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of our WWF colleagues who were lost in this tragic accident. This week I was in a meeting - on an unrelated subject - with several partner companies and NGOs and was struck by how this loss also affects a much wider circle of collaborators and friends of WWF. You will all be surely missed."
Richard Holland, WWF staff member based in the Netherlands

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"Sympathy to the departed soul"
Anon.

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"I am very saddened by the tragedy and offer my condolences to all the family, friends and colleagues who suffered a loss."
Janet Botes, South Africa

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Dear friends in WWF- Nepal, The delay in reacting to the helicopter tragedy is because all this while I really did not know what to say that would lessen your grief. I still do not. I just want you to know that there are many of your friends outside WWF- Nepal, who share your grief. I did not know everyone who died in the crash, but those that I did were great human beings and I am proud of having been associated with them. I knew Mingma somewhat better than the others. He was a giant of a gentleman who will be remembered in the Asian conservation community for years to come. May God give strength to the bereaved families to bear the tragedy with fortitude.

Ranjit Talwar, Brig (Retd), Ex WWF- India

"Desde los voluntarios de WWF/Adena en Madrid, sabemos lo dificil que es trabajar el medio ambiente, muchas veces sin los medios y ayuda necesarios. Serán un ejemplo de dedicación y siempre seran recordados."
Jes´us E. Márquez, Portavoz de G de Madrid WWF/Adena

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"May all these good people's souls rest in peace. I worked with Dr. Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Dr Tirtha M. Maskey and Narayan Poudel for almost a decade. It is indeed a great loss for Nepal in the conservation field and it will take several decades to produce people like these."
Meena Joshi, Toronto, Canada

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"WWF employees are like a family, no matter where they work or where they are been posted. It was a great shock to hear of this tragedy. One is struck by the senseless loss of people who have dedicated their lives not only to the conservation of the world's special places, but to ensuring that the people who live there are involved and benefit from these efforts. We are sad on this tragic accident and pray to GOD Almighty to forgive all of them and give them a good place in HEAVEN. AMEN!"
Adeel Ahmed Siddiqui, WWF - Pakistan

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"I was shocked to read the message about the tragic death of Chandra, Mingma (both of whom I personally knew) and the other WWF-colleagues. I send my sincere deep condolences to their families and to WWF. I will never forget Chandra's last visit to Frankfurt."
Carl-A. von Treuenfels, President Emeritus, WWF Germany

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"The unfortunate helicopter incident of 24th September 2006 in Nepal, claiming over a dozen precious human lives, earth lovers and dedicated conservationists of WWF family, is indeed an irreparable loss to the conservation world. May ALLAH bless their souls with eternal peace and rest. Amen."
Babar Khan, WWF - Pakistan

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"This is really heart-breaking. Great people are remembered greatly. And so will all of them who were aboard the helicopter be remembered for their good deeds and thoughts."
Pavithra Kamesh

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"Life is unfair sometimes. Life is always cruel. Working to preserve wildlife they gave own life as tribute. In memoriam: Dr Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Matthew Preece, Dr Chandra Prasad Gurung, Dr Harka Gurung, Yeshi Choden Lama, Dr Tirtha Man Maskey Mr. Gopal Rai, Mr. Sharad Rai, Dr. Damodar Parajuli, Mr. Narayan Poudel, Mr. Pauli Mustonen, Ms. Margaret Alexander, Dr. Bijnan Acharya, Mr. Dawa Tshering, Mr. Vijaya Shrestha, Mr. Hem Raj Bhandari, Mr. Sunil Singh Captain Klim Kim , Captain Mingma Sherpa, Flight Engineer Valeriy Safronov, Cabin Attendant Guruwar Tandul"
Dan-Călin Tocaciu, Sun Valley Association, Romania

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"These people are the real heroes, they risked their lives to protect our animals. To let them rest in peace, we humans must save the animals that they try so hard to save."
Anon.

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"I, too, was shocked and saddened to hear this dreadful news. We need people like these so badly in our world. They were all, no doubt, wonderful role models for a coming generation and will continue to be, one hopes. Please don't take chances with weather, a most unpredictable force on this planet. Sincere condolences to all these families."
Audrey Cheadle, Owen Sound, ON, Canada

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"I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of these dedicated and deeply dedicated people - visionaries who inspired all of us with their work. I remember Dr. Chandra Prasad Gurung's warmth and charisma, and the joyful spirit he brought both to intellectual life and village conservation.

Dr. Harka Gurung's kindness and insight has been a gift to many and I remember even now his encouragement when I was young and just beginning research in the Annapurna region. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who have been lost, and I feel gratitude for what they have done for all of us in preserving the natural treasures of the Himalayas and entrusting local people with their stewardship. We will not forget you."
Ernestine McHugh, Rochester, New York

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"A great loss to WWF and families of the victims. As lady luck was not with them, tragedy struck. I would like to express my sincere condolences to WWF and the families of the victims. It is tragic that such an unfortunate accident has happened."
Tania, Singapore

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"I am so sad and I will never forget their contribution to WWF."
Tan Chen Chai, Malaysia

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"During some 5-years engaged in conservation in Nepal, I had the great good fortune to cross paths with Mingma Sherpa, Chandra Gurung, and Tirtha Man Maskey, and on a few occasions met Harka Gurung. They were beacons of light for young Nepalis interested in the environment, and professionally stood at the top of their field within Nepal and internationally.

They were at their best in the field, where they could leave behind the shackles of office work and turn their abundant talents to the task of conserving Nepal's biodiversity in the Terai, Mid-hills, Himal and Tibetan plateau. They were all expert at realizing conservation on the ground, by protecting special places and involving local people in the enterprise. Their deep personal knowledge and spiritual attachment to Nepal's land, resources, culture and people cannot be replaced. Nepal's loss is our collective loss. My heart grieves for their families."
John McEachern, Executive Director CEMA, Fort McMurray Alberta, CANADA

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"It is with deep sorrow that I wish to express my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families and friends. I wish you God's comfort."
Raphael Kweyu, Kenyatta University, Nairobi

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"I feel sorry for the tragedy which happened in Nepal."
Ng Sai Man, Hong Kong

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Beloved WWF Colleagues - Your dedication and sacrifice is not in vain. Your passion and inspiration flows through our veins. We walk that extra mile for YOU. Forever.

Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe

"I am extremely shocked to hear the accident. We have lost our well wishers and experts from the management and conservation of natural resources. This is a great disaster for us. May god give power to the families of the untimely demised persons to tolerate this huge shock and may the departed souls be in heaven."
Madhab Paudel, Masters student, Electric power Engineering, Chalmers univesity of echnology, Gothenborg, Sweden

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"Condolences to friends and family members of the tragic crash in Nepal."
Dianne Taylor-Snow, IPPL, USA

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"This is the time of great shock for all Nepalese people who have lost their experts and well-wishers in the area of nature conservation, not only for Nepal but for the whole world. May god give super power to withstand this uncompensated loss to the bereaved family and May the departed souls rest in the heaven."
Anita Paudel, DANIDA/ESAP/KKREP, Attariya, Nepal

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"I still find it hard to believe that the wonderful people are not there. Along with my wife, I had the good fortune to walk few steps and exchange some more words with some of the people earlier this month. And now they are not there. The posts might be replaced, but the new people will certainly not be like the ones we lost.

As they say, the show must go on, well, the show will go on, but we will not get the pat from Mingma-ji or Jenny, nor will we enjoy the wits and humors of Chandra-ji. Matt, in five days of interaction, became a good friend and he wished to come to Sikkim and I promised to take him around. Sorry friend, your wish remains unfulfilled. We will certainly fulfill all the words that we promised to you during the meetings and deliberations that we had in Katmandu recently. That is our challenge without you."
Dipankar Ghose, WWF-India, Sikkim Programme Office

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"Any loss from within the community of selfless individuals who wish to preserve our earth is keenly felt by all of us. My condolences and prayers go out to all of their families."
Kathleen Smith, Canada

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"The Britain-Nepal society is deeply saddened by this tragedy. Quite apart from the loss of life, in itself bad enough, the loss of expertise in conservation in Nepal is incalculable and will set back progress a very long way at a time when Nepal is in desperate need of both expertise and dedication to revive the conservation situation following the recent troubled times. The society sends its deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time."
Lt. Col Gerry Birch, Chairman, Britian-Nepal Society
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"We are very sorry and sad because of the tragic loss of wonderful friends, colleagues and conservationists. Our thoughts are with their families, the Nepalese people and WWF."
Cham Nian Sisuwan, Malaysia

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"I am very sad to hear about what has happened. WWF should use the accident as a inspiration to work harder than ever, and dedicate their work to these great people, who risked their lives for the betterment of our animals and planet."
Nick Ponomarev, Markham, Ontario, Canada

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