NZ authorities working to release deceased from Christchurch attack
March 18, 2019 8:08 am
Fijian families whose loved ones died in the horrendous mosque massacre in Christchurch last Friday continue to await the release of their loved one’s bodies.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Johnathan Curr says they’re working to ensure that families can bury their loved ones as soon as possible.
“We are two nations united in our grief. The High Commission has been working to facilitate the travel of family members affected by this attack and leaders of Fiji’s Muslim community to enable them to attend to funeral arrangements and to console members of the Muslim faith community.”
Meanwhile, General Secretary for the Pacific Council of Churches Reverend James Bhagwan reiterated the Christian community’s stance condemning the atrocious act of hatred and pleading solidarity with the Muslim community.
“We are mourning with you, we are hurting with you and we will work to love one another and commit ourselves to end any form of hate based on faith.”
A powerful show of unity and compassion at an open prayer service in Makoi for two countries united in grief mourning the victims of the appalling attack in Christchurch. pic.twitter.com/O59yvdfPwT
— John Feakes (@AusHCFJ) March 17, 2019
They made the comments at the solemn gathering which was held yesterday to honor and pay respect to those killed in the heinous hate crime.
Members of the Muslim Community, Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament and various religious leaders attended the interfaith event at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre in Suva.
Christchurch Boys Highschool performing the Haka at the Deans Avenue memorial site. Extraordinarily powerful display of unity by some of the city’s youth. @TheTodayShow @9NewsAUS #ChristchurchMosqueShooting pic.twitter.com/XkEXuaYU0Y
— Gabrielle Boyle (@Gabrielle_Boyle) March 18, 2019