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New Zealand terror attacks prompt massive support for Muslims

  • Published at 10:48 am March 17th, 2019
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An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, March 15, 2019 Reuters

The solidarity for the Muslim community includes crowdfunding in the millions, donating halal food and help in digging graves

New Zealand have responded to the Christchurch mosque terror attack with an outpouring of interfaith solidarity – crowdfunding in the millions, donating halal food and even accompanying local Muslims now afraid to walk the streets.

The Friday terror attacks on Christchurch mosques left 50 people dead, sending shock waves through a country that averages no more than 50 murders a year, reports Al Jazeera.

The cold-blooded massacre and the self-declared perpetrator's racist motives have been matched by displays of support and warmth towards the country's Muslim communities.

Halal food drive

In a suburb close to where the attacks took place, a couple called upon people with the idea to provide meals for the waves of people waiting at hospitals for their relatives battling for their lives.

The halal food drive was inundated, the couple said, with people lining up to give meals throughout Saturday.

Eventually, so much food was donated, they had to put out a call saying no more was needed.

The Sikh community

The Sikh community offered help in washing the bodies of the victims and digging the graves.

Millions in crowdfunding

Across New Zealand, two of the most prominent crowdfunding campaigns had already raised over $2.2 million within 24 hours of the shooting.

Local crowdfunding platform Give a little crashed briefly on Saturday, while Launch Good had over 23,000 donors saying they were "United for Christchurch" as they contributed to the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre.

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"Kia kaha to all New Zealanders, love to all families affected," read one donation, using a Maori phrase for "stay strong".

'I'll walk with you'

People have put out offers for help and support for local Muslims who might be fearful of leaving their residences.

In one Facebook post that went especially viral, Wellington native Lianess Howard wrote: "If any Muslim women in Wellington feel unsafe right now – I will walk with you, wait at the bus stop with you, I'll sit on the bus with you, or walk with you while you do the groceries."