Outpouring of help for Muslim neighborhood at impromptu gathering exterior Wellington mosque


Noureddine Boudouad and Nadia Elhajjaoui pray were among those expressing their grief outside the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

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Noureddine Boudouad and Nadia Elhajjaoui pray have been amongst these expressing their grief exterior the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

The tears rolling down Nasser Mohamad’s cheeks have been tears of pleasure amid the horror.

He parked his Blue Bubble taxi exterior the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington and walked the stroll he had walked many instances earlier than to hope.

However Saturday was totally different. Forty-nine individuals had been killed in a mass taking pictures at two Christchurch Mosques the day earlier than.

People leave floral tributes at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington, under the guard of armed police a day after the Christchurch attacks.

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Folks go away floral tributes on the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington, underneath the guard of armed police a day after the Christchurch assaults.

On Sunday morning, flowers have been already rows deep exterior the Wellington mosque and a silent crowd, many with tears working down their cheeks, had gathered.

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Armed police stood guard as highway staff put out cones to comprise the crowds that had spilled out onto the highway.

Chalk messages on the footpath outside the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

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Chalk messages on the footpath exterior the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

Indicators with phrases equivalent to “we love our Muslim whānau” and “Muslim’s NZ we love you” have been tied to the closed gates.

Kids, and a few adults, wrote messages of help to the Muslim neighborhood in chalk on the footpath.

The ideas weren’t misplaced on Mohamad, an Egyptian Muslim by beginning who moved to this nation 29 years in the past.

“To come back right here as we speak and to see these individuals come and present their help, that is the New Zealand we all know,” he stated.

He personally knew a few of these killed within the Christchurch neighborhood, however Saturday’s tears have been as a lot about his pleasure on the outpouring of help he noticed as they have been for individuals who have been killed, he stated.

Wellington Metropolis Council – together with Changemakers Refugee Discussion board, Wellington Interfaith Council, and Wellington Multicultural Council – is organising a vigil at 6pm on Sunday in Wellington’s Te Ngākau Civic Sq..

An impromptu crowd gathered outside the Kilbirnie mosque is pay their respects.

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An impromptu crowd gathered exterior the Kilbirnie mosque is pay their respects.

“Folks wish to come out and present their help for the Muslim neighborhood and the residents of Christchurch,” Mayor Justin Lester stated.

Noureddine Boudouad and Nadia Elhajjaoui pray outside the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

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Noureddine Boudouad and Nadia Elhajjaoui pray exterior the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

"This is the New Zealand we know," Nasser Mohamad said ot the crowd outside a Wellington moque.

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“That is the New Zealand we all know,” Nasser Mohamad stated ot the group exterior a Wellington moque.

Paul Kifford with his 14-year-old twin children Toby and Hana outside the Kilbirnie mosque.

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Paul Kifford together with his 14-year-old twin youngsters Toby and Hana exterior the Kilbirnie mosque.