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Cover Stories Series 2011> Wenchuan Quake:Three Years Later> Wenchuan in Retrospect> 2008
UPDATED: May 21, 2008 NO. 21 MAY 22, 2008
Support From Afar
World leaders have expressed sadness and offered help in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake

World Bank President Robert Zoellick expressed his sympathy and condolences and said the bank is ready to provide support in various forms for China's rebuilding efforts.

Other leaders around the world and from international bodies also offered their condolences to China following the earthquake.

At a news briefing on May 13, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said the Chinese Government and people welcomed solicitude from other countries and international organizations and expressed heartfelt gratitude.

(Source: www.xinhuanet.com)

"The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the Chinese people, especially those directly affected. The United States stands ready to help in any way possible."

-U.S. President George W. Bush

"My sympathy primarily goes to the families of the victims and I express the hope that many survivors can still be freed from the rubble by the rescue workers."

-European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering

"The thoughts and prayers of the government and people of South Africa indeed reach out to the government and people of China, and in particular to the families of those who have lost their loved ones."

-South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

"I am deeply convinced that humanity and solidarity will help mitigate the suffering caused by this huge tragedy."

-Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski


Letters From Readers

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since the past five years now, China has been an adopted motherland to me. It pains my heart to hear about the recent earthquake, which has jolted many families and caused such massive destruction. Since we have experienced this kind of a tragedy back in India a couple of years ago, I can very well understand how it feels to lose someone of our own or to lose property. Overnight there is no roof over one's head. Life all of a sudden comes to a standstill and becomes meaningless. One is in a state of shock and despair.

I want to make an earnest appeal to all fellow citizens or foreigners residing in this country to show their sympathy and donate generously to the noble cause of rebuilding and rehabilitating the people affected in this major accident.

 Due to language barriers and lack of information on my part, I write to you, with your wide range of contacts through offices across China, to help in starting this fundraising drive. By donating blood, camping equipment, clothes, medicine and foodstuffs, we cannot only provide relief to the victims, but also in a way help the Chinese Government, as at this juncture, the government has a lot of things to do. If we could mobilize and channel our resources, that would be a great help.

The Chinese Government is doing a good job. We, as conscious citizens, also have a moral obligation toward humanity. So please help me spread this message of love and affection and let the affected people know that we all care for them and they are not alone in this battle for survival.

I look forward to your kind cooperation and assistance as you all have given to us in the past. So let us unite and come together and join our hands not only in prayer but also in aid too.

Best Regards,

Sandeep Agrawal

Managing Director

Rising Star Exim Pvt. Ltd. & Radiant Silk Mills P. Ltd. Shaoxing Branch



Dear Sirs,

We are deeply grieved by the news of the terrible earthquake that struck Sichuan Province and took away so many lives. A while ago, we were in the southwestern region of your beautiful and interesting country.

We do hope that you will succeed in rescuing as many lives as possible. Even if this catastrophe overshadows the Olympic Games, we wish your country well and hope for a successful and peaceful Beijing Olympiad.

Kind regards,

Edeltraud and Klaus Gasteier



Dear Sirs,

I was deeply saddened by the loss of human lives due to the devastating earthquake of May 12. In these difficult times, our thoughts are with the Chinese people, the victims and their families.


Thomas O. Eilert



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