April 22nd, 2010

“How can anyone call them human beings? They are beasts who are killing people. The government should finish them off once and for all.”

– Jabbar Ali, a Pakistani man whose leg was wounded in a suicide bombing at a center for refugees displaced by a Pakistani military offensive against militants. The attack killed 38 people and wounded 65.

“I lost faith, everything, because people like you have done damage to me.”

– Lawrence Grech to Pope Benedict XVI. Grech was one of a group of victims of sexual abuse by priests that met with the Pope in Malta on April 18.

“I’m proud of you. I pray for you for your courage to come forward and speak out.”

– Pope Benedict XVI responding to Grech’s statement.

“We want to save lives. They see this tragedy as an opportunity to make propaganda.”

– Ga Tsai, a Buddhist monk, criticizing the relief effort of the Chinese government after an earthquake killed at least 1,400 people in Jiegu, a Tibetan city in China, last week.

“If he is still alive and walking around, that does not simply mean he has managed to survive. The Almighty is giving him the chance to find the strength to acknowledge the evil he has brought to people.”

– Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the president of the Russian republic of Ingushetia, on Doku Umarov, a rebel leader who is said to have ordered an attack on Yevkurov last June.