This date will be scarred into the New Zealand psyche forever.

My heart shattered to hear how many families have been forever affected by the horrific actions in Christchurch. My home is grieving for its countrymen, and I don’t think I’ll ever quite have the words to express how I feel. I am also so proud of how my country has reacted in terms of compassion, changing laws and gathering together.

Sadly, it has happened before in different places around the world and will happen again. In a million different ways, and so many different levels, in many different countries and to too many families around the globe.

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Following the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday that left at least 49 people dead, NZ prime minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference where she condemned the attack, saying that the country rejects violent extremism. “We represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who needs it. And those values will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,” she said, “You may have chosen us, but we utterly reject and condemn you.” (📹: AP, Reuters, 📝: @kassy) – #jacindaardern #primeminister #politician #christchurchshooting #shooting #massshooting #gunman #gun #guns #terrorism #terrorist #violence #attack #mosque #mosques #islam #religion #muslim #muslims #jummah #jummahprayer #islamophobia #islamophobic #victim #victims #rip #christchurch #newzealand #nz #aotearoa

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As a rule, I don’t get political on my little blog. It has always been intended as a religion and political neutral zone that I can share what makes my soul happy. A little travel here, touching on a bit of history and a few tasty dishes there – some of the lighter things in life as a refuge for when the times get tough, hoping to make someone smile.

This little corner of the internet is also my journal in many ways, a place of hope, a place of peace.

Kia kaha.

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