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Dispatches Quotables


“If the officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier, I think it would have been a lot better. There should be more openness and transparency.”

Dr. Li Wenliang, a doctor from Wuhan, China, who told his medical school classmates about the novel coronavirus in December, but police silenced him for spreading rumors. Li later died from the virus. 

“He is persecuted even after death.”

A Christian villager in Gucheng, China, after the government forced her family to hold a secular funeral for her father. She said he had been a believer for decades.

“We are all marked men and women today.”

Catholic Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, at the funeral Mass of recently murdered seminarian Michael Nnadi. Kukah lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to protect Christians from Islamist terror, saying the Muslim-majority north has become “one large graveyard, a valley of dry bones, the nastiest and the most brutish part of our dear country.”

“If I have to go to court, I have to go to court. I would go to jail for this.”

Muslim father Jabar Hussain on being told he faces up to a year in prison for removing his 9-year-old son from a U.K. public school due to an LGBT-inclusive curriculum.

“Large boulder the size of a small boulder.”

From a tweet posted by the San Miguel (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office announcing that a boulder was blocking a portion of Colorado’s Highway 145.