New Zealand Mosques Reopen 8 Days After Attacks

A little more than a week after a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the places of worship have re-opened. At the Al Noor mosque Saturday, where 40 of the 50 victims were killed, there was very little physical evidence of the horrific event. Fresh paint and plaster covered up signs of gunshots and new windows replaced the ones smashed by worshippers who tried to escape the siege by a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist. “To feel that this form of violence and cruelty is visited on you, living in this idyllic part of the world, is deeply, deeply moving,” said Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, one among the hundreds who visited Al Noor. Among the mosque visitors Saturday were survivors of the attack and people who knew the victims. “Those who lost their families are of course quite emotional,” said Shagat Khan, the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury. “And those who were present here during the incident, of course the memories come back. The flashbacks.” March for Love Earlier in Christchurch Saturday, there was a March For Love with people walking mostly in silence. One demonstration sign read: “Muslims welcome, Racists not.” “We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness,” said Manala Butler, 16, one of the student organizers of the march. ​Mass funeral On Friday, there was a mass funeral for 26 of the victims. There was also a Muslim call to prayer Friday in a ceremony in a park near the Al Noor mosque that was broadcast on radio and television, followed by two minutes of silence. Officials say at least two people who were related to victims of the attacks have... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, New Zealand Mosques Reopen 8 Days After Attacks, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you New Zealand Mosques Reopen 8 Days After Attacks





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 23 March



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