Two mosques in New Zealand was attacked by a gunman. A total of 50 people were killed.
Most people who died in the attack were laid to rest in Christchurch last Friday while other families opted for private ceremonies.
Around 20,000 people joined a prayer service in Hagley Park in front of Al Noor Mosque to show unity despite the attack. It was also broadcasted on national television. Many women also wore headscarves to signify their support.
“New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,” said the PM Ardern, followed by silence for two minutes.
Remarkably, PM Ardern has received praise in International and Asia news for handling the unfortunate event excellently. She also ignited a worldwide discussion on war rhetoric by not following the way other world leaders respond to terror.
Aside from insisting not to name the killer, she also put an action to have stricter gun laws by banning military-style semi-automatics as well as assault rifles.
“I don’t think I’m displaying leadership. I just think I’m displaying humanity,” she said,” said PM Ardern, adding that she is just modeling the value of people in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s 4.8 million population is 1% Muslim. Most of whom were born in other countries.