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Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Africa's grief and caution after US attack
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The sheer magnitude of the disaster in the United States has prompted many letters to the BBC's Network Africa.

From Linje Bwanausi in Blantyre, Malawi:

I have news for those who say that the United States is paying for its foreign policies. Even if the US kept to itself, another reason would have been found to fuel hatred against it. One should understand that the terrorist's mind thrives on chaos. The spilling of blood to them is like Opium.

From James Tamba Lebbie in The Gambia:

I condemn the atrocious attacks on America in the strongest terms. Those responsible, as well as those harbouring such murderous terrorists should be punished.

From Ethiopia, Esayas Dagnew:

What a cowardly attack and brutal affront against innocent civilians! I should say now that it is time that the world stood up and vowed that this must never be allowed to happen...ever again...anywhere in the world.

From Freetown, Sierra Leone, Reverend Moses Kainwo:

I am disappointed that President George W Bush was so full of venom that at his first public response to Tuesday's disaster he could afford to threaten the world with vengeance. Vengeance is the meat of cowards because they always feel insecure. If he had declared a day of mourning throughout America it could have helped the Americans to reflect on their place and role in a world of challenges.

Ishamel Bash Kamara at the University of Ghana:

The four planes that crashed in the US are an indication that the great United States of America has to be very careful with the way it handles world affairs. I do sympathise with the families of the victims, but at the same time I I am bound to confess that the militant George Bush has to be very careful in conducting the affairs of the world.

And this e-mail was sent to BBC News Online from John Donkor in Ghana:

It's guite distressful as I make all efforts to get in touch with my brother without success. All circuits are busy! couldn't believe it. Everybody at the office became disturbed. My wife called from the house and said have you get thru Peter? I said no honey, I can't get thru. It's terrible absolutely terrible! All the phones are jammed. We haven't heard from him yet. We are all tramatised. We continue to pray, I'm refusing to believe he is a goner, God willing we shall see him again. But to the perpetrators of this crime God should put them at the hottest part of hell. They don't deserve any mercy. They are real mad animals in human skin. P! please lets hear from you. We are all desperate.

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