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Quick Quotes

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  • "On this first day of a new year, we join the world in feeling enormous sadness over a great human tragedy... The carnage is of a scale that defies comprehension."
    - US President George W. Bush
  • "This sort of human solidarity, along with the grace of God, gives hope for better days to come in the year that begins today."
    - The late Pope John Paul II
  • "Do your duties as well as possible, day and night. We have the obligation to save each and everyone."
    - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
  • "At first it seemed a terrible disaster, a terrible tragedy. But I think as the days have gone on, people have recognized it as a global catastrophe."
    - British Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • "People were screaming and kids were screaming all over the place, screaming 'help, help'. And after a few minutes you didn't hear the kids any more..."
    - Czech model Petra Nemcova
  • "The water was up to our necks. We tried to run down the corridor but couldn't so we went to the reception of the hotel and there were people dead in there. I tried to resuscitate a Thai boy but he had been dead for a while by then. He was only about three. It was awful."
    - British survivors
  • "In all my years as a sailor, this was my most awful experience."
    - Ship captain M. S. L. Fernandes
  • "Strangely I felt no fear. Thank God, with the power I had left, I managed to go to higher ground and the water was only a meter high."
    - A resident of Indonesia
  • "We must look ahead to rehabilitation and putting communities back on their feet. It will be a long, long process, it will take years. We hope that the donors stay with this."
    - John Sparrow
  • "The indications are the disaster is going to be a lot worse than we have anticipated already. Aceh really is ground zero."
    - United Nations Children's Fund communications director John Budd
  • "I was yelling at them to run, but they couldn't hear me."
    - Swedish woman Karin Svaerd
  • "We are still alive. I'm happy I finally met someone from outside. Please let people know that we are still alive because people think the whole of Meulaboh has been destroyed and no one survived."
    - Army sergeant Lazuardi
  • "If the body is in a condition to be moved, we put it into the mass burial pit and if it's too decomposed, we pour diesel over it and burn it with debris from thatched huts. Usually the pyres have 20 to 30 bodies at one go."
    - South Indian resident Subash
  • "This is an unprecedented global catastrophe and it requires an unprecedented global response."
    - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
  • "The children are still in shock. We looked death in the face."
    - Italian grandmother Maria Boscani
  • "Without my wife I don't want to live. But because of my child, I will."
    - A Sri Lankan
  • "I just want to help people."
    - Thai hotelier Khun Wan
  • "Everything was flattened. It was like a nuclear bomb had hit the place. I've seen bodies before but nothing like this. We lost count. The destruction was of biblical proportions."
    - British tourist Al Howard.
  • "The water from the first wave disappeared, but then it came back with terrifying speed."
    - Skiing master Ingemar Stenmark
  • "In the end, we didn't even have any plasters left."
    - Dr. Manorie Talgaswatta, who was working at a district hospital in Sri Lanka.
  • "There is a chance that we could have at least as many dying from communicable diseases as we had dying from the tsunami."
    - David Nabarro, World Health Organization
  • "It's the greatest and biggest aid effort in the world, a scale never tried before."
    - Michael Elmquist, a deputy to the head of the U.N.'s Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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