PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief

PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief

PM Ardern voices New Zealand’s grief

Written by Reuters

19 Mar, 2019 | 4:02 pm

Reuters: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday (March 19) praised the bravery and courage by mosque worshippers as a lone gunman massacred their friends and family, saying the nation stood with its grieving Muslim community.

Ardern said she never anticipated having to voice the grief of a nation and ended her speech with the Arabic greeting “Al salam Alaikum,” meaning “Peace be upon you.”

The victims, killed at two mosques during Friday prayers, were largely Muslim migrants, refugees and residents from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Somalia and others.

Bodies of the victims were being washed and prepared for burial in a Muslim ritual process on Tuesday, with teams of volunteers flown in from overseas to assist with the heavy workload.c

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