MONROVIA, Liberia (CBSNewYork/AP) — Schoolchildren in the West African nation of Liberia are sending their condolences to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.
The Liberian children on Tuesday presented a giant-size sympathy card and flowers to the United States Embassy in memory of the lives lost during the shooting attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Seven-year-old Yaya Bette said: “It is not fair because other people’s children were killed for nothing — so we have come to say sorry.”
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac said she was “deeply touched” and the ceremony showed her that “everyone shares the sorrow of the people of Newtown, Connecticut.”
Other countries have also expressed their condolences to the victims of Friday’s mass shooting.
In the Philippines, members of the human rights group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption held a candlelight vigil Tuesday in front of the US Embassy in Manila. Each candle had the name of a victim.
In Brazil, members of an anti-violence group called Rio de Paz, or Rio of Peace, placed 26 black crosses on a beach in Rio de Janeiro in remembrance of the victims.
One of the crosses had a sign written in English that read: “In Brazil, we understand the pain of senseless violence. We grieve the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.”
In Albania, children lit candles at Tirana’s main square on Monday to pay their respects to the victims.
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