Fighting Terrorism with Love

Jacob Larue and Molly McDonald

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On March 15 2019, the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand came victim to a terror attack. The terrorist shot and killed 50 people, injuring many more. The government is currently investigating the attack.

“It is important that no stone is left unturned to get to the bottom of how this act of terrorism occurred and what, if any, opportunities we had to stop it,” Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, said.

The terrorist is from Australia, using an assault weapon in the attack, with anti-islam beliefs being the motivator.  

“While New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world are both grieving and showing compassion for one another, they are also quite rightly asking questions on how this terror attack was able to happen here,” Jacinda Ardern said.

To aid the Islamic community, the government of New Zealand offered to help impacted families pay for funeral costs.

“In an event such as this — murder or manslaughter — the family is eligible for a funeral grant of around $10,000,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

The attack impacted many refugee families as well as members of the community. Taking the life of children, parents, and elderly members. At just 3 years old, Mucaad Ibrahim is the youngest known victim of the attacks.

“New Zealand is always behind us,” Ahmed Osman, a survivor of the attack, said. “Even when we walk down the street, people stop us and say, ‘Are you guys OK?’ That’s what New Zealand is about. It’s all about coming together. One person cannot stop us.”

Although these people have experienced great tragedy, they continue to look on the bright side of thing and not let fear and hate take over their hearts.

¨I pity the killer because his heart was filled with hate, not love,¨ Ambreen Nadeem said. Nadeem lost both her husband and her 21-year-old son, Talha.

The Islamic community is advocating for peace and tolerance among all people to end to the fear of terrorism.

“Terrorism must not scare us, Racism must not divide us,” Osman said.