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Dalai Lama sends "heartfelt condolences" to Haiti

January 19, 2010

January 15, 2010
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, Jan 15: Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has
expressed sympathy and conveyed his condolences to the families of Haiti's
earthquake victims.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama moves prayer wheels after inaugurating the Stupa
(Pagoda) in Jeerang, India, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. The Tibetan leader is
due to arrive in Dharamsala, his exile hometown in north India, on Saturday
after more than a two-week tour of different places in India, including Bodh
Gaya, where he delivered teachings and took part in series of events that
included giving talks on peace and education.

"I extend my sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all those families who
have been directly affected by what I understand is the worst quake in two
centuries in the history of Haiti," the Dalai Lama said in his condolence
letter to President Rene Garcia Preval on Wednesday.

A devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Western Hemisphere's
poorest nation on Tuesday, toppling thousands of buildings, including the
U.N. peacekeeping headquarters and government buildings. It was a day when
even the Haitian President was temporarily left homeless after the quake
flattened the country's landmark presidential palace.

In the letter, the 74-year old Nobel Peace Laureate said he was "deeply
saddened by the loss of so many lives and property" as a result of the

The Haitian Red Cross and government officials have estimated Friday that at
least 50,000 people had died and that three million more were hurt or left

"I offer my prayers for those who have lost their lives in this tragedy and
condolences to their families and others affected by this natural
disaster,"His Holiness said.
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