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People around the world hold vigils for missing Malaysia Airlines passengers (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, people around the world are still clinging to hope. 

From the Philippines to Pakistan, total strangers have been leaving messages, saying prayers and holding candlelight vigils for the 239 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which disappeared en route to Beijing on March 8.

It's a story that has resonated deeply with many people, not just relatives and friends of those missing. 

In Kuala Lumpur, where the ill-fated plane took off, religious differences were set aside as Christians, Muslims and Buddhists held special prayers together, while others flocked to the Malaysian capital's international airport to leave messages of hope on posters. 

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Students stand next to a giant mural of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the grounds of their school in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on March 18, 2014.

(TED ALJIBE - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Christians hold candles during a vigil for the passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Islamabad on March 18, 2014.

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Subramaniam Gurusamy, 60, prays for his 34-year-old son, Puspanathan Gurusamy, who was one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane, at his home in Teluk Panglima Garang, outside the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, on March 11, 2014.

(MOHD RASFAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Beachgoers walk past a sculpture made by Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik as a message of prayer for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 at Puri beach, some 37 miles from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa state, India, on March 14, 2014.

(ASIT KUMAR - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Muslim man kneels to sign a banner in front of representatives from the Christian, Hindu and Buddhist communities after a special prayer was held for the passengers and crew on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on March 18, 2014.

(Rahman Roslan - Getty Images)
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University students in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, light candles as they hold signs urging people to pray for the passengers and crew on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 13, 2014.

(TED ALJIBE - AFP/Getty Images)
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A visitor writes on a poster carrying messages for passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 10, 2014.

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This photo taken on March 10, 2014, shows a poster carrying messages for passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.

(MOHD RASFAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh light candles as they pray for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 17, 2014.

(TANG CHHIN SOTHY - AFP/Getty Images)
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A special prayer is held in Kuala Lumpur for the passengers and crew on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 14, 2014.

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Malaysian Muslim women read the Koran during a special prayer for the passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on March 13, 2014.

(MOHD RASFAN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Students from an international school in the eastern Chinese city of Zhuji light candles and pray for the passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. More than 150 Chinese nationals were among the 239 people on the Beijing-bound flight when it disappeared in the early hours of March 8.

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