Quotations of the day

“They may have lost a limb, but they’re ready to go on with their lives. They want to live. I don’t know how they have the strength, but that’s my reward: Knowing they’re getting better.” — Jean Acquadra, ICU nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, caring for patients injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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“Every time I close my eyes, all I can think about is the explosion. People running around. People evacuating. There was one point I couldn’t even talk. I just stuttered.” — Edi Botello, a teenager from West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant explosion destroyed part of the town.

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“Enacting strong laws are simply a first step, but it needs the government to focus urgently on implementation if it is serious about protecting children and other victims of sexual abuse.” — Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of New York-based Human Rights Watch, speaking about an outcry for stricter laws in the aftermath of a 5-year-old girl’s rape and torture.

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