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Reading is to life,  what sap is to a tree. Equal opportunity is to understand, as quickly as possible, one's way to the library. Azouz Begag - writer and poltician
In the situations of humanitarian emergency, psychological nourishment,  in the form of culture and information, is as vital as the physical nourishment of food itself. Evelio Cabrejo-Parra - linguist and psycoanalyst

I support the call to action of Libraries Without Borders. A book is an anchor, a memory that follows you and helps you to rebuild yourself wherever you are. David Chaillou - composer

In times of darkness, books are invaluable because they radiate hope and inspiration and insight, and because at their best they transform utterly the world within and the world without. Junot Díaz, writer

I know and admire the work of LWB, people who still worry about the needs of others in a world where many have the tendency to listen to nothing but the capriciousness of their own ego. The fact that LWB's action, and actors in the field, are anchored by the importance of books and the jobs associated with books, is doubly touching.  We would be wrong to believe that access to culture is not a priority in times of war or after a catastrophe. The objective of language is to say something to someone, words offer the first comforting embrace. Better than any other object, books take on this role. Denis Gombert - writer and publisher

There is no consciousness and no culture without libraries. I know countries without public libraries accessible to all (...), where religious books are basically the only reference point for access to information. There is no light without libraries, no democracy without libraries, and no freedom without free access to knowledge. Valentine Goby - writer

Human beings need access to instruments of cultural diffusion just as they need bread to eat. Jacques Joset - Professor at Liège University

Two years after a violent cyclone hit Haiti, I received a letter from a young student writing to ask me if I might tell those generous persons wishing to send food to send with each bag of rice a box of books because, he wrote, "we don't eat to be able to live, rather we eat to be able to read".  Dany Laferriere - writer

To open a book is to close a prison. Xavier Le Clerc - writer

The initiatives taken by Libraries Without Borders are indispensable and extremely important. To read, to enable others to read, to put into words or to express through the words of others, all allows a certain measure of recovery when the situation deprives those affected of that which is essential . We mustn't doubt the potential good that books can do.  We must hand them out without hesitation as we would the water canteen to those thirsty for water. Hélène Lépine - Writer

Nourishment of the mind is so essential for rebuilding socieities and human beings in situations of despair. The value of Libraries Without Borders' action in Haiti after the earthquake of January 2010 is, from this point of view, inestimable.   Kettly Mars - writer
In emergency and catastrophe situations, after saving lives and caring for the injured which lasts a few days, the most important thing is the dignity of human beings, babies, children, adolescents, parents, adults, and families. That's why is urgent that all these people can read or can be read to for those who are not able, so that all may have access to information, to books, to poetry, to stories, to words... Everything that connects them with other humans, to culture, to those who have not gone through this catastrophe, to feel part of the same community...Sometimes to feel connected to the words and books of their own culture, shaken and broken by the crisis, the pain and even the international aid effort.  To access words, is to stay afloat, despite everything! Marie Rose Moro - professor of child psychiatry, Doctors Without Borders.

IFLA is pleased to support the Libraries Without Borders’ new international campaign “Books in Humanitarian Emergencies”. Libraries Without Borders’ exemplifies the commitment of the library sector to humanitarianism and recognising the value of library services and books to all societies and how culture can assist in recovery from natural and manmade disasters. One of IFLA’s Key Initiatives within its Strategic Plan is our cultural heritage disaster reconstruction programme through which we believe that culture is a basic need, a community thrives through its cultural heritage, it dies without it. The work of BSF fits very well with IFLA’s strategy. Ingrid Parent, Présidente de l’IFLA

Not to read, is isolate ourselves from others and cut ourselves off from our dreams Jean Reno - actor

To never stop dreaming, is for me, the only protection against crushing despair, and therefore the only remedy capable of getting us up in the morning and making us do something with our short lives, words give us access to the ability to dream of something infinitely greater, that isn't yet a reality, but which gives us something to think about and believe in so that we might get there very very soon. Yvan Tessier - librarian, photograpaher