A week later




It's now a week since the horrific events in Christchurch and kiwis are still reeling and trying to come to grips with it all.

Many vigils have taken place and many more are planned for today. Mosques like my local Al Masjid Al Jam'e above have become meeting points for those wanting to express their solidarity and horror, to leave flowers and messages of support as members welcome them and share a conversation – and an invitation – as mosques across the country will today welcome the public to 5 o'clock prayer.

Many women across the country today don a hijab in support and the 'call to prayer' has been played for the first time in our parliament. A national petition has been answered with perhaps the quickest law change in our history as military style semi-automatic weapons have this week been banned. Not many of us realised they were even available for sale.

Conversions across the country and in the press have been endless, popular comments have been along the lines of 'this is not us' and 'we are one' as kiwis try to figure out how this could have happened here, but emerging voices are being heard from more along the lines of 'we've been trying to warn for years'. There is plenty to think about.

Comments

It is so sad this tendency is spreading across the world in countries you would never expect. I applaud the banning military weapons decision your Prime Minister made in a quick response to this deplorable event, it is something that should have been done in the USA a while ago.
Your sketch is beautiful and touching.
Greetings from Mexico.
Murray Dewhurst said…
Thank you for your comment Adriana, nice to hear from you. Yes, a very sad couple of weeks for us down here, but there are positives coming about as a result such as the banning of those weapons. I think it will have the opposite effect to what the gunman wanted as over all it is bringing people together.