Imam tells New Zealand: ‘we are not broken’
Thousands of people gathered Friday for a mass funeral in a cemetery in New Zealand where 26 of the 50 victims of a mass shooting in a mosque last Friday were buried. The youngest victim buried was 3 years old.
Earlier, at an outdoor service across from the mosque where the fatal attack happened in Christchurch, Imam Gamil Fouda addressed a crowd of thousands, telling them that “We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken.”
He told the crowd “hate will be undone and love will redeem us.”
The imam thanked “the neighbors who opened their doors to save us from the killer” and “those who pulled over their cars to help us.”
Fouda also acknowledged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for “Holding our families close and honoring us with a simple scarf. He said the prime minister’s leadership was “a lesson for the world.”
Women around New Zealand wore headscarves Friday to show their support and respect for the Muslim community.
Reuters reports that female police officers at the outdoor service also donned headscarves and wore a red rose on their uniforms.
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