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A schoolgirl from Latvia expresses a message shared by many throughout the world.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four airplanes in a series of attacks that killed 2,977 people. As the world watched, two jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center while another crashed into the Pentagon. Passengers on Flight 93 averted more destruction by uniting to try to regain control of the airplane. As a result, the hijackers crashed the fourth plane in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Despite the horrific loss of life, the Nation drew strength from citizens from around the world. What follows is a small sample of the condolence materials representing over 75 countries that poured into the United States’ embassies. Upon review, it is evident that although the terrorists had attacked the United States, the world remained interconnected by its common humanity.
A school child in Germany drew this picture of hope in the aftermath of the tragedy.
This anonymous world citizen shares support with America.
Americans!!! We are so sorry what happened to your nation and you should know we are with you. It doesn’t matter who I am, we all are sad.
Throughout Africa an outpouring of sympathy was received by United States’ embassies. In this time of tragedy, communities banded together and embraced their American brothers and sisters. Communities of farmers, church groups, Non-Governmental Organizations, and entire villages and cities united to deliver messages and condolence books. Some communities held memorial gatherings, like Ridge Church in Accra, Republic of Ghana. Others presented artwork of collective expression such as the children of the Republic of South Africa and the farmers of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Community is a theme that appears again and again in these materials as Africans reached out to comfort not only the United States, but the broader world community.
Lidia Megue representing the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) in the People’s Republic of Mozambique expresses condolences to the United States.
To our brothers and sisters, you are not alone in this moment of pain. We are praying for your life, family, and justice will be made. Lidia Meque for FAWE-Mozambique.
Ambassador José Agostinho Neto from the People's Republic of Angola expresses the deep sorrow and support from the Angolan people and government in this letter.
A Special Memorial Edition of Cotonews, the newsletter of the United States Embassy in Cotonou, People's Republic of Benin. It included an inscription in the Embassy’s official condolence book from President Matheiu Kerekou as well as a letter which translates the inscription.
The first entry of this official condolence book from the US Embassy of Gaborone, Republic of Botswana is from President Festus Mogae.
Shocked and outraged we offer our sincerest and deepest condolences to all the bereaved and to the Government and the People of the United States of America.
Manuel A. Montoony from Cape Verde expresses his condolences.
It’s about a couple days ago that my beautiful country came apart, the land of my kids! At this moment I am living with a broken heart just like those who were present, but we strongly believe in God. The devils who have commited such destruction will face the justice and our freedom never stop ringing in four corners of the world. This message come from the bottom of my heart and I would like to spread it to every corner where American citizens live and operate. So sorry brothers! Manuel A. Montoony. September 13, 2001
A Peace Corps trainer from The Republic of Cameroon shares his heartfelt condolences.
Thursday, 20 September 2001. Shock, indignation, sorrow. I feel tremendously sad and horrified over the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York, Washington. The New York twin sky-scrapers ablaze are still so vivid in my mind, as I happened to pass through JFK Airport a week before these attacks took place. This is a crime against humanity. I pray for the survivors and those innocent people whose lives were sacrificed. May God Almighty have their souls. Let’s pray for humanity, peace and forgiveness in the world. We are all children of the same God. I would like to seize this opportunity to send my heartfelt message of condolence to the whole of American nation and people, and particularly to all families who lost someone in this crime. Joe Wabo, Peace Corps Trainer
Barro Emmanuel signs his sympathies in the Embassy Condolence Book of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
In memory of the sad evenement of World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. I join my prayer to the all sensible human beings for all the victims and their families. May Allmighty God have a mercy on them and let their souls rest in the peace of Lord. May Allmighty God protect and bless America People. United as one, let us fight against terrorism in any corner of the world. Barro Emmanuel E. J.
Leon Njombe-Assuwba shares his sympathy from Bangui, Central African Republic.
As we live in this world, no matter what we do for the sake of our fellows, no matter how we express our deeply noble feelings for the well being of human kind, we become victims of the illness rooted in man. May the families of the victims accept the sympathy and the sorrow that I share with them while condemning this evil action. Bangui. September 13, 2001. Leon Njombe-Assuwba.
Dr. Ernst Fassbender, a representative of UNESCO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, shares a message in both Latin and French.
“Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. The triumph of the culture of peace.”
Willy Marcus, a Belgium Embassy Official stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, expresses personal condolences on behalf of his wife and himself.
“Having already expressed the official condolences of Belgium, this time it is in my personal capacity that my wife and I note our total solidarity with the American people who navigate through this moment of particularly dramatic circumstances. May your country overcome, as best and as quickly as possible, these terrible events.”
An Egyptian Citizen shares his condolences.
“I offer my sincerest condolence to all American families and ask God to help us go through these difficult times. We are sorry for what happened.
From the Egyptian-American citizenAdel El-Jayyar”
The Delegation of the European Commission in Libreville, Gabon stand with the United States government after this tragic attack.
17 September 2001. On behalf of the delegation of the European Commission in Libreville, horrified by the dreadful tragedies in New York and Washington, my colleagues and I, we express our sympathy to the members of the US Embassy in Gabon, to the government of the U.S.A., to the relatives of the victims and to the people of the United States. Europeans rising together with the USA, by all peace-loving people of the world, in condemning any resisting terrorism in the strongest possible terms. [Illegible name] Head of Delegation of European Commission, Libreville. Marcello [Illegible], Civil Counselor. Victor Silva, Finance Administration Attache. Michel Pire, Economic Counselor. Diego Escalona Patuel, Junior Expert in Delegation
Ridge Church of Accra, Republic of Ghana sent in three condolence books from a memorial service held in honor of those who died.
An Egyptian citizen shares an inspiring message with his American brothers and sisters.
To Everyone of my American Brothers and Sisters. Don’t worry. America will be more powerful. We know that gold is put into fire to be purer. You look like this. You believe in God and God is faithful. He always leads his children into victory every time and any time. I shared you in prayer. Glory to God forever. Your Egyptian brother. Magdy Kamel.
Edward Saidu-Kanu sends his sorrowful sympathy to the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea.
Mr. Edward Saidu Kanu. c/o Dixinn Port, P.B. 3637, Conakry -Guinea. 14th September 2001. His Excellency, The Ambassador of the United States of America in Guinea-Conakry. His Excellency Ambassador U.S.A. I and my family we send our sincere sorrowful sympathy to you and to the U.S. government in U.S.A. and in Guinea for the accident happen in your country the 11th September 2001 Tuesday. Please accept our sympathy, I am really sorry for those who have losted their lives and also those who are accidential wounded during this attack. May the almighty God and the love of Jesus Christ rest upon you. May the souls of the faithful departed throught the mercy of God rest in peace Amen. Thank you very much. Yours sincerely, Edward Saidu Kanu. P/S. I placed my sorrow flower for the death ones.
Peter Hancock & Associates, in association with Murdock Green Partnership, Lesotho and ZMCK Consulting Engineers, would like to offer their sincere condolences and sympathy for the victims of the appalling atrocities, committed against the people of the United States of America on September 11, 2001. The statue of Liberty survives and, with it, the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the United States. We stand with you: “shoulder to shoulder.” Peter Hancock. Gordon Bentley. Adrian Auckland.
Peter Hancock & Associates of the Kingdom of Lesotho stand with the United States.
After the terrible news of the attacks in the United States, I want to express, on the part of Mr. Mario Roberto Cassari, Apostolic Nuncio of the Congo, and also for myself, to your Ambassador, to your Government and all the very dear American People the most profound condolences and spiritual closeness in the great grief caused by the painful, unjustifiable and numerous disappearances.
In this moment of particular global sorrow, together with His Holiness Jean-Paul II, we beg God, Almighty and Merciful, that he shall accord the fullness of eternal rest to the deceased, give consolation to all those who, in these moments of pain, cry for these irreparable losses, and aid all of humanity to go and live in peace.
Abbe Ruben Dario Ruiz Mainardi, representative of the Holy See in Brazzaville, sends this letter to the United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Pitman family in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi share their love and condolences for the American people.
Our deepest condolences go to all the families and friends who have lost a loved one and our thoughts and prayers are with all American people. Clare and Alan Pitman and Family.
Andrea, a teacher with the English Teaching Program (ETP) at the American Cultural Center in Antananarivo, Republic of Madagascar shares her condolences.
To the American people, To the American government, To the victims families, I express here my sympathy and present my condolences. We condemn all terrorists actions and hope that all this loss will be avenged. Andrea, a teacher at the ETP.
In this letter, the Country Director of Islamic Relief in the Republic of Mali mourns with the United States.
In this letter the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria encourages the United States not to be deterred by this tragic event.
The management of Air Mauritius Limited shares heart-felt condolences ; “left to cry over the perversion of our noble vocation.”
In this sector of civil aviation that Air Mauritius proudly serves, we have learned to see aeroplanes as an instrument that serves the eagerness of human beings to link the world and share common humanitarian values. But on September 11, lethal madness turned planes into instruments of massive destruction. While we are left to cry over the perversion of our noble vocation, the management of Air Mauritius humbly ask you to convey its heart-felt condolences to the President of the United States and to the American people. [Illegible name] on behalf of the MD and DCO Air Mauritius Ltd.
On behalf of the churches of Niger, Pastor Souleymane expresses condolences for the victims and their families.
Rwandans express their grief to the American people. Written on notebook paper, unlike formal condolence books, this is indicative of the urgency many felt to quickly assemble words of sympathy.
Rubindo Christian 17 September 2001. Rwanda, we hope that crime story in U.S. never be back forever and ever.
This condolence book is handmade from cloth and recycled paper presented by the Mazowe Concession Farmers’ Association, the Republic of Zimbabwe.
September 2001 Condolence book for all those persons affected by the terrorist attack on America. 11th September 2001. From members of the Mazowe Concession Farmers’ Association. Zimbabwe. With our deepest sympathy.
A primary school student in South Africa expresses her sympathies in a letter to the American children.
Panorama primary. Malmesbury Road, Welgelegen, 7500, South Africa. 2001 September 18. Dear Children of America. We are very sorry about the tragedy in your country. The explosions of the Twin Towers in New York and elsewhere were terrible. I saw it on the news. We are with all of you especially those who lost their families. You are in our hearts and in our prayers. May God be with you in this time of need. Greetings, Jamie Brink.
Jakaya M. Kikwete, the Minster for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the United Republic of Tanzania, expresses his shock and sadness.
It’s difficult to find appropriate words to express how deeply shocked and saddened I am by this tragic event. I want to use this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and the entire American people for the death of dear citizens. I stand by the people and government of the U.S.A. in their just quest for searching and punishing all perpetrators of this heinous crime. Jakaya M. Kikwete, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
My sincere condolences to President G. W. Bush and all the American people for this awful tragedy. May those who have departed rest in peace and may God give consolation to those they left behind. I pray for more compassion and understanding among the peoples of the world so that we may achieve lasting peace. [Illegible] Edina Bedoer Jondoh ELP Teacher American Cultural Center. Lome, Togo.
My condolence to all those who died at New York and Washington. May they rest in peace. [Illegible signatures]
Two citizens of the Togolese Republic share their condolences.
The News Editor of the Times of Zambia mourns the loss of life and encourages Americans to continue their good works for mankind.
What a barbaric act against a civiled people who have stood for the betterment of mankind. I mourn with the families who have lost their beloved ones.
America and Americans should stand together and continue with their good works. We shall always be by your side. Davey Sakola News Editor times of Zambia.
The countries located throughout the Western Hemisphere not only have a geographic connection to the United States, but a common heritage as part of the New World. In solidarity many South American countries hosted official memorial gatherings in sympathy with the United States. Some nations, like the Republic of El Salvador, gathered as early as September 12th. Special mention must also be given to Canada. During the days following the terrorist attacks, Canada provided food and shelter to stranded passengers aboard grounded airplanes initially bound for the United States. The condolence materials from Canadians are varied and represent all of the provinces, from Inuit school children, to Québécois who wrote in French, to blood donors from Vancouver.
Carlos Dunham of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, expresses his heartbreak at the tragedy and confidence in the United States’ ability to overcome.
I would like to express all my fellowship with the USA and the American people, and how my mind and heart are broken. In spite of all kinds of violence, I know America is a great country and USA will show for the world its power of overcoming. Best Wishes. Carlos Dunham. Rio de Janeiro, September 19, 2001.
People of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas express their support and prayers in a condolence book.
God is forever on his throne. He is in full control. Trust in him. God bless you all. Maria Johnson.
All of us in the Bahamas are praying for you. May God keep you strong at this most difficult time. Vernice I. Walkire
May God bless you all. Love is with you. Keep your spirits up. Love you all. Debbie L. Isaacs. P.O. Box W1540, Nassau, Bahamas.
May God heal, restore, and bless you through hardship. We love you. May continue to bless you. Iva Johnson and family.
May God comfort you in the time of your bereavement. Alice [Illegible] Bahamas.
May God heal the hearts of all the American people, heal the sick and bless the President and all the poor souls that was lost also the rescuers. Salome Wilsor
The people of Bridgetown, Barbados express their grief and support in this official condolence book.
This Foreign Service National (FSN) and his family in Belize express their sympathy with the United States.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the TWC in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. May justice someday prevail. Econ/Pol FSN, Efrain Novelo and Family.
Officials, diplomats, and citizens sign their condolences in a book from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
This letter was slipped between the pages of an official condolence book from the Embassy of La Paz, by an anonymous Bolivian.
Our prayers go to all the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragic incident. We ask God to send warmth and strength to their hearts, hoping they can find comfort.
We firmly believe in freedom and America certainly means freedom. This is not only America’s fight, but also the entire world’s. Stand strong America! In peace, September 2001.
Hondurans share their heartfelt compassion in the United States Embassy’s condolence book.
To all the American people who are suffering for this cruel attack, my condolence and love. God has heard your cries! And surely He will lift you up America! My prayers are with you. Ana Oyuela.
Migel Angel Rodriguez, the President of Costa Rica, shares his message to the people of the United States in this inscribed condolence book.
The entire country, the government, and my family are in deep mourning. Costa Rica regrets the major loss of lives in New York and Washington caused by the evil of inhumane terrorism. The United States of America has always been foremost and present with immense generosity on all occasions where Costa Rica has required help. The Costa Ricans feel enormous admiration, affection, and gratitude to that great country. Peace and blessings to the injured families. Peace and wisdom to the leaders and government officials of the United States. Our solidarity, affection, and support goes to that great country.
Miguel Angelo Rodriguez, President of Costa Rica
President Francisco Flores Perez of the Republic of El Salvador hosts a memorial gathering and signs his condolences as officials look on.
A child from the Republic of Chile expresses hope for peace in a drawing.
Throughout Canada hundreds of individuals and groups gave blood and donated money to the Canadian Blood Services as well as signing and sending in these postcards of support.
Canadian students of all ages sent in hundreds of letters and drawings in solidarity with America. These are two examples.
Friday Sept. 14/01 Dear Mr. Ambassader. We are sad that the twin towers have been destroyed. We are also very sad that so many people lost their lives in that tragedy. We are glad to heer that there some survivors. Our hole school is thinking about you and we are having a penny drive to raise money to send to the people who lost their work. We hop this will never happen again. Sincerely Melissa.
To all our American friends and neighbors. Our hearts are with you. Your pain is our pain. Your grief is our grief. Your loss is our loss. Your commitment to right is our commitment. We will be with you whatever the course, whatever the cost. Sincerely Adele Townley Munro.
Adele Townley Munro wrote this heartfelt inscription in a condolence book from the people of British Columbia, Canada. Included is a photograph of Canadian citizens signing the book.
This colorful condolence book was given by the University of Guanajuato of Mexico. Translation: “In solidarity and pains of grief with their sister nation, the United States.”
Language center. You are not alone we support you!!!
The first page from the condolence book presented by the citizens of Mexico; “God bless America. We are one people from September 11, 2001 onward.” Kristin
Dear United States, We feel very sorry for what is happening in the world, and want to say that you are a very good neighbor country and you are always welcome, and I want you to know that you are in our prayers and that we love you a lot, and that what you need we are here for you and not to worry - God knows why things happen.We love you, we are with you. Azaida Medina Avaros of the Republic of Panama
The representative for UNICEF in Peru, Ann-Lis Svensson, expressed sorrow and hopes for a better world.
I want to express our deep sorrow for what has happened to the people of United States and the people of the world. We are all involved in this. Our work for human development, equity, and peace seems even more important now. We must get stronger and work harder for a better world, which starts with children. Ann-Lis Svensson, UNICEF representative in Peru.
Maria Alvarez of Asuncion, Republic of Paraguay signs an official United States Embassy condolence book.
Please know that our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers are with you in this time of terrible tragedy. The United States has always been my second homeland in my heart, but this week, I think that indeed everyone feels “American.” God bless, Maria Alvarez. U.S. Embassy Asuncion.
When the news broke about the terrorist attacks on September 11th, most of Asia was already experiencing September 12th. Many condolences express an undercurrent of people feeling ahead in hours, yet still powerless to prevent the attacks. So far away in miles yet so close in heart, people expressed their support, love, and sympathy in letters and condolence books. Struggling to find the words many turned to their mother languages, whether Chinese, Kazakh, Japanese or Arabic. The condolences even included original artwork, such as origami paper cranes folded by Japanese school children. Despite the physical distance, the attacks on September 11th directly affected many Asians and Pacific Islanders, as evidenced by an Indonesian family who wrote about losing their relative on 9/11.
The staff of UNICEF Myanmar (Burma) sign a letter to the United States Ambassador in solidarity over the attacks.
Supaporn Vijanprasit and family from The Kingdom of Thailand write a message of sympathy in a condolence book.
For all son and daughter of American nations. I feel so sad and sympathy for this unexpected and sorrow event. However I hope all of American have the courage to go ahead and develop yourself. I trust in God that we will protect and lead you to meet the peace. With heartfelt. Miss Supaporn Vijanprasit and my family. 5:42 P.M. / Monday 17/09/01.
We condemn strongly the horrifying act by the terrorists on the soil of the United Stats of America. Our heart is filled with sorrow and we stand with the people of the United Stats of America at this moment of grief and sadness. [Illegible signature] Dr. A. A. Sultan Sec. General of the Islamic Shipowners Association. Jeddah.
Dr. A. A. Sultan, the Secretary General of the Islamic Ship-owners Association, Jeddah, Brunei, shares his message in a condolence book.
Zhu HaoMing of the People’s Republic of China sent in a postcard expressing his sympathy. Included is the United States Embassy’s translation.
The President of the Timorese Democratic Union (became East Timor in 2003) expresses shock and sorrow in this letter.
An Indonesian family who lost a loved one in the collapse of the World Trade Center stands with the United States and thanks the American Ambassador for expressing concern.
Dear Mr. Ambassador, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concern to our family. James is the eldest brother of Eric Hartono, who perished together with the other victims on the September 11 attack on America. Our sincere and deepest condolence to America on the attack. Our prayers and thoughts will always be with you, your country and the America leaders to do the right things. As a nation and people under God, we believe America can overcome this trial and become stronger. Be strong and always walk with God. God bless America. James, Irene, Rico, and Jeanne. Mr. Samadikun Hartono and Mrs. Nelly Nita Riady and Erik Setiawan and all our family [Illegible signature] 18/9/01.
The Israeli Ambassador to NATO in Brussels, Belgium announces a national day of mourning on September 12, 2001 in support of the United States.
This photograph of a spread of condolence books sent in from Australia illustrates the abundance and variety of books sent in from throughout the world.
A class of 7th-year students in Dryandra, Australia, share their thoughts about the attacks. A student’s drawing of the tragedy illustrates the United States’ Statue of Liberty shedding a tear.
America! The Kazakh State University is with you! Americans! You are heroes! Faculty of journalism of KSU with you! You should be strongest nation in whole world and so you are! We are with you!!!! Regards, Maria Oliyarnik, fac of journalism, KSU. 17.09.2001
A faculty member from the Kazakh State University in the Republic of Kazakhstan shares her support.
A citizen of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal offers Americans a message of encouragement in a condolence book.
We all Nepales people are schocked by the coward attack by the terrorist in the democratic country like America. So we all Nepales people pray with the God for the eternal peace of victims and God may help America to find out the guilty person to punish. And lastly America could able to have to the peace all over the world. Bharaf Adhikam, Tinthana-7, Kfm Nepal.
Citizens and visitors to the Republic of Fiji sign their sympathies in an official condolence book.
All my thoughts and all my heart are with you – friends, family and all at home. [Illegible signature]
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inscribes a condolence book on behalf of the Filipino people.
Sept. 2001 With the condolences of the Filipino people. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Students from Waimea College, New Zealand sign and send a hand drawn sympathy card.
Thinking of you at this time ... [Illegible signatures]
This letter and drawing from a child in New Zealand to the New York Fire Department represents the many letters that offered support and recognized the heroic efforts of the first responders.
To the New York fire department. Dear New York fire department, hi my name is Vasi and I’m 10 years old. I live in New Zealand. I’m just writing to say how dearly sorry for the love ones that had died from the hyjacking. I think that New York is proud to have a great fire department like you guys. You have made them proud by helping them when they were hurt from the hyjacking and also putting the fire out. You have done a great job and I think New York really appreciates it. Yours Sincerely, Vasi.
It is really very tragic crashed happened in New York. May Almighty Allah give departure soul in Peace and give the families courage to bear this unavoidable loss. Love for injured persons, may God give them health back. Mrs. Roshan Ava Hamed, Citizen of Karachi (Pak.)
On behalf of govt of Pakistan and citizen of Karachi I tender my deep sorrow on the tragedy, which cases a number of death of innocent people. I express my sampathy to all gravicad Families and I discourage the act of terrorism and also equally share to the govt of United States of American and all citizen of U.S.A. M. Tarod Hassan. Naib Nazim (Karachi)
Two citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan express their sympathies for the United States.
Mr. Bush we’re with you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to all the victims who died tragically from the World Trade Centre and Pentogon desaster in U.S.A. From Neyomal. Sri Lanka.
Numerous people from around globe sent greeting cards with messages of sympathy, such as Neyomal and Kiran P. Hathiramani of the Republic of Sri Lanka.
To his excellency the honourable ambassador and to my dearest American friends. My dearest American friends. May the good Lord comfort you dear United States of America and may you all be given more strength for the years to come. Regards Miss Kiran P. Hathiramani.
An employee with the Bank of Papua New Guinea shares his sympathy and hope for peace in the future. Dated on the first anniversary after the attacks, people continued to send messages to the United States.
On behalf of the Internal Audit Department of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, I give my most heartfelt sympathy for this tragic loss. May we look to a brighter future. God bless America, God bless us all. Amen. Jeffrey Haina. 9-11-02
Citizens of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “hope this cloud will clear soon.”
Our thoughts are with you and we hope this cloud will clear soon. God bless you all. Saleh & Ahlam Alfadl
Hi American People! I was depressed by watching on TV the terror attack. I understand how do you feel write this moment. I know America is a strongest country in the whole world. I know you will win this. If I was there I will donate my blood to your nation. You will win this. We always with you! Kamila Manapova.
Hello America! We are so much sorry about 11th September. Please accept our condolences. Uzbek people are always with you!!! God bless you!!! Aziz Bebitov
Komila Manapova and Aziz Bebitov of the Republic of Uzbekistan express their sympathies in a condolence book gifted to the United States Embassy in Tashkent.
The National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan sent this sympathy card.
Three people from The State of Qatar, including an employee with Oman Air-Qatar, express their sorrow and wish for peace to all humanity.
Dear Americans. My sincere condolances goes to you all – my family, my nation and I, feel the pain you are going through, May God bless you all. Peace to all Humanity. Abdul Wahid Alhashmy, Country Manager Oman Air-Qatar 16 Sep 2001
The Vietnamese Ambassador to Sweden, Nguyen Van Nam, expresses his country's shock over the tragedy and offers most sincere condolences.
We are deeply shocked in front of this tragedy of the American people. Please accept our most sincere and deep condolences. September 13, 2001 Nguyen Van Nam Ambassador of Viet Nam.
Students from homeroom classes at this school in Japan draw pictures and sign their names on wooden boards with gold painted trim. For example, on this board the students from Homeroom 18 signed their names around a prayer-filled globe. The Japanese tried to comfort those affected by the tragedy through their artistic messages of sympathy and hope, including paper cranes and flowers.
This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
In Japan there is a tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes and stringing them together. Anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as recovery from illness or injury. Carrying out this tradition, the students of Tamagawa School assembled and sent not one, but three thousand origami paper cranes, some of which included written messages.
We hope this century will be the century of peace there should never be any killing fighting and suffering. Let us pray for peace.
Peace is the predominant theme of the condolence messages sent from Europe, a region that had worked hard for peace after a tumultuous 20th century which included two World Wars and the Cold War. Retirees from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an organization born from this history, sent in a message of peace. Irish school children wrote poems about the September 11th attacks. Citizens of Russia, the former Cold War rival of the United States, sent in messages of support and freedom from terrorism. One notable example is from the Moscow Anti-Fire Service to the firemen of New York and Washington, illustrating the bridges that have been built over the decade between the end of the Cold War and September 11th as well as the solidarity between first responders throughout the world.
The Association of Retired NATO Civilian Staff in Belgium “are heartened by the fact that the North Atlantic Council has invoked Article 5 of the Treaty.” This is the first time in the Alliance’s history that Article 5 has been invoked.
In the aftermath of September 11th, eight German newspapers printed condolence messages that their readers could cut out, adhere to postcards, and mail to the United States Ambassador Daniel Coats in Berlin. Over 30,000 people participated in this outpouring of sympathy. The newspapers then produced a 20 page insert listing the names of participates. Pictured on the next four pages are a selection of postcards and German newspapers.
“Dear Mr. Coats [Ambassador Daniel Coats],
We are shocked and full of sorrow at the terrorist attack against the United States and the entire human race. Our compassion to the victims, their dependents and the entire American nation.
With deep sympathy,”
Rhein Newspaper, Kiener Newspaper, Mainzer Rhein Newspaper, Rhein hunstuck Newspaper, Wefterwalder Newspaper, Public Gazette, Rhein Lahn Newspaper, Nahe Newspaper
In addition to newspaper readers, thousands of German school children also sent in drawings and letters of sympathy, support, and hope.
We are very sad about what happened. We think of you and we hope for peace. Yours, Stefanie.
We pray for you.
I wish you all the best. My name is Fabian Denner. Hello! Many greetings from Germany. I’m 8 years old. We are friends!
The children of Minsk International School (MIS) in the Republic of Belarus sent a handmade sympathy card.
Our dear Americans. We, the children of MIS are all with you at this hour of tragedy. Your pain is our pain.
In his entry from the official condolence book stationed at the United States Embassy in Sarajevo, Damir Dzehidzic, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, writes that “this was not only an attack on the USA, but is an attack on open society [and the] world.”
Dear Americans. As a Bosnian and ordinary citizen I would like to share the feelings with all victims of this barbarian act. I would like to tell you that this is not only attack on USA, but is an attack on open society world. We as world need to fight them and eliminate all terrorists from this world. Damir Dzehidzic.
Elmira C. Ilieva, Embassy Public Affair Officer, and Dr. Atanas Arnaudo, Regional Manager of EKKO Ltd, write heart-felt messages in the official condolence book of the United States Embassy in People’s Republic of Bulgaria.
I would like to express my condolences and share my sympathy with the American people for the recent tragic events. The tragedy invokes the consciousness of the mankind to condemn horror caused by the terrorist attacks. The United States of America will continue to succeed and be a model for democracy and prosperity to the whole world. Elmira C. Ilieva. PAO.
Please accept our deepest condolences in connection with the barbarious acts of terrorism in N.Y. and Washington. Our hearts are with all those who suffer. We will applaud all efforts of the American government and the democratic commonwealth of the world to eradicate the plague of international terrorism. Dr. Atanas Arnaudo. Reg. Manager – EKKO Ltd – Caterpillar Dealers.
13/9/2001 I would tell my deepest condolences the nation of United States of America for the people what they were massacred while disasterous attacks happened on 11.9.2001. Mustafa Alkaravli Deputy Director of Geology and Mines Department.
09.13.2001. I can only say that this is the most horrific day for mankind. Mehmet F. Küçük
Government officials and citizens of the Republic of Cyprus share their feelings and support of the United States.
Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik, and other Defense Officials, express their condolences to the United States on behalf of the Estonian government.
On behalf of the Estonian government and defense forces we would like to express our condolences to the U.S. on that difficult our and also express our support and readiness to help in whatever way. We also express our support in the difficult fight against terrorism and are ready to stand side by side with the U.S. Your friends. [Illegible signatures]
When words fail this Hungarian turns to song.
This little light is mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light is mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light is mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. This might not be the perfect thing to say, but it’s the first thing that came to my mind! God bless America! [Illegible signature]
On behalf of the Kosovo Protection Corps, the Commander sends the thoughts of every member to the American people.
The Capital District Fire and Rescue Service in Iceland and the Reykjavik City Police Department send their condolences to their colleagues in New York City. This is one of several examples of the common bond among rescue workers around the world.
On behalf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces I wish to express our deepest condolences to the American people for the loss of life and suffering in the wake of the horrifying acts of terrorism in New York and at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Please be assured that the Lithuanian Armed Forces stand in staunch solidarity with the American people and condemn these acts of terror. We stand with you in our common cause to secure liberty and freedom for our people. Major General Jonas Kronkaitis Commander, Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Jonas Kronkaitis, expresses his deepest condolences to the American people.
One of many school children from Latvia who shares his support for all people who are against aggression and terrorism.
I support all the people who are against aggression and terrorism. He Wants Protect U.S.A. Ikskile Secondary School Latvia Form 7 Kalreis Z.
The Liechtenstein Ambassador to the United States shares the grief of her government and people over the abhorrent terrorist attacks.
Letters of sympathy poured in from a variety of groups, including athletes, such as the Athletic Football Club in Ireland.
As I walked up from my hockey training in the car I saw mum gazing. She looked down from above as I looked at her, I said Lord give her love! Mum whats wrong, you look confused? Honey she said I have terrible news. New York is bombed and destroyed along with thousands of people lives. When I got home, I watched T.V. What a disaster, Dad said to me the first time I saw the plane go through like a bullet through the sky so blue. The news has huge coverage the rescuers have great courage but who did it we think we know who. Who caused thousands saying their last I love you’s. By Kate Mulvihill.
Tuesday 11th September. The clock struck nine, the sun shone bright. I looked across and felt a fright. A large harsh sound, my heart just sank; I realised my mind went blank. How could it be? I wondered why those selfish people would grab those lives. I felt a chill, a tear in my eye. The tragic lost souls never said goodbye. R.I.P.
The 11th of September. It was a sunny day. Everyone laughing and joking as we usually do after a long day in school, totally oblivious to what was happening on the other side of the world. I got into the car and turned on the radio. I heard it, millions killed in America. I couldn’t believe it until I saw them waving helplessly on top of the burning towers nowhere to go, nowhere to hide from those vicious flames, but fall. By Fiona Liston
The people of Amsterdam, Netherlands express their worries in an official condolence book.
Faxes, such as this one from the Republic of Moldova, poured into United States Embassies indicative of the sense of urgency to console the American people.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland conveys his deepest condolences for the tragedy in the United States.
In the time of the tragedy of the United States of America and American people, I present my deepest condolences and regrets. Let it be the end of evil and the start of hope for all the democratic and civilized world. Poland is with America. 15 Sept. 2001. Adam Hatacinski Ambassador of Poland
The citizens of the Republic of Portugal share their call for resilience.
To all the American people: Cry the death, scream the angry, but raise your head, and fight for justice, peace and freedom. A Portuguese solidaire with your’s heart. God bless America. 14.09.01 [Illegible signature]
The chief and firemen of the Central Office of Anti-Fire Service in Moscow, Russia express their shock and offer their condolences to their colleagues in New York City and Washington D.C.
On behalf of the Spanish people, the Ambassador condemns the “violent” attacks.
On behalf of all the Spanish Embassy and myself our deepest condolences to the President of the USA and all American people for the death of so many innocents and all our condolences for so violent crimes. [Illegible signature] Ambassador of Spain. 14.09.2001.
Angela Selikora of the Slovak Republic expresses her thoughts and fears in a United States Embassy condolence book.
Walter-Michael Bochsler of Switzerland wishes the American people courage and power during this difficult time in the official United States Embassy condolence book.
I can find no words to explain the pain I feel – I am very sorry for what happened to the USA and all the people and I wish you and them all courage and power in this hard time. Walter-Michael Bochsler.
The British Charge d'Affaires, Paul Whiteway, writes to the United States Charge d'Affaires in Santiago, Chile expressing the shock of his colleagues at the terrorist attacks.
Marina, a ten-year old child in France, shares her love with the United States.
I love you. France. Amerique. I am sorry and good luke. Good- goodby. CM2. Marina. 10 years.
The terrorist attacks on the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001 continue to live in the memories of millions of people throughout the world. This day not only changed the political, economic, and cultural climate of the United States, but also the entire world. As each anniversary passes more stories are told as we continue to recognize the huge loss of the day, the heroism of the first responders, the unity and strength of the Nation, and humanity, in the face of a terrible challenge. The following is a beginning list of resources for further information.