BY CONNOR STEENS
The terrorist attack at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, is an appalling tragedy for the men, women, and children killed or injured on Friday 15th March 2019. Our thoughts are with them, their families and friends, and the people of Christchurch during this awful time. We struggle to find the words that can provide understanding or clarity about the events that unfolded for the victims and their families, and also the first responders and medical staff who are dealing with the aftermath of this terrible event.
On Monday 18th March at 1.48pm we held a moment of silence to pay our respects to those who lost their lives and think about those who will forever be affected by the tragedy.
Around the world, terrorist incidents are on the rise and it seems nowhere is safe. If it can happen somewhere as relatively remote as a city in New Zealand, it can happen anywhere. It affects all races, religions, genders, and ages.
Being born and raised in New Zealand, this isn’t behaviour I recognise, nor do I ever want it to be accepted as part of our lives. The propagation of hatred is something we should be united against, and there should be no place for it in our communities.
New Zealand is a great country to live in and to visit, and I believe now is an appropriate time to show love to those around us and remind everyone that this isn’t who we are.
“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
There is a givealittle page available if you would like to make a donation to the victims of the tragedy: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund