New Zealand Massacre: The Aftermath

Amira Balala

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On Friday March 15, 2019, a gunman opened fire on two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. The terrorist killed 50 people and left 50 more wounded.

New Zealand continues to mourn for its lost citizens.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the mosques where the shootings occured donned in a black hijab, spoke to the affected families and recited some words from the Quran. During broadcasts throughout the country, multiple female news anchors donned the hijab as well, and the adhan was broadcasted on national television.

According to BBC news, on Thursday of the following week, Prime Minister Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons. She received international praise for her response.

It is confirmed that the terrorist held white supremacist views illustrated in a written manifesto that inspired hate and violence.

We cannot forget the heroes of this day. There is one boy in particular that caught the attention of the media for his decisive action in Australia. According to the Washington Post, William Connolly, now known as “egg boy” egged a senator who blames Muslims for the attack in Christchurch. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised after the video went viral in support if the victims, not only that, the video also brought smiles to people’s faces in the midst of the tragedy.

If you would like to see the egging video: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/03/25/australias-egg-boy-says-he-united-people-scientists-may-have-cracked-why/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d5c249a6a937

 

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New Zealand Massacre: The Aftermath