As New Zealand is mourning the death of 49 people in one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in recent times, good samaritans are going above and beyond to stand in solidarity with the victims of the attack. Right from the Prime Minister to common people on the street, everyone has come out to reject bigotry and stand in solidarity with the victims and their families.
New Zealand-based Sikh community too has come forward to help the victims. One such group which goes by the name of The Sikh Group Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen in its Facebook post writes that it has already spoken to Christchurch gurudwara which is ready to help the Christchurch Muslim community.
The Sikh Group wrote that it was informed by one of the Muslim representatives in Auckland that the Muslim community in Christchurch needed people for service such as washing bodies, transportation of families and bodies to the cemetery, digging graves and organize langar for the people attending funerals.
Sikhs reportedly came out in large number to help fellow citizens deal with the situation and offer hands on help. Later, the group thanked outpouring support they received and said that “Our various communities and groups truly embody the compassion and love that will need to prevail to heal the wounds of yesterday’s attacks.”
Another Sikh group by the name of Young Sikh Professionals New Zealand also pledged its support to Muslims in Christchurch. “This kind of violence and the hate it perpetuates has no place in any country and we have a collective responsibility to stand up and say no – this is not us,” it said in a Facebook post.
The group also urged the local organisers, leaders and gurudwaras to connect with the Muslim community in their respective regions to offer their support.
At least 49 people were killed and 48 wounded in mass shootings at at Linwood Mosque and Al Noor Mosque which were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers, when they were attacked by a man whose released ‘manifesto’ identifies him as a white supremacist.