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Grenfell Tower and Christchurch, 2 prime ministers, one leader

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I had not heard of New Zealand’s 38-year-old prime minster Jacinda Ardern until the recent mosque massacres in Christchurch in which over 50 Muslims attending Friday prayers were attacked by a far right terrorist. In cold blood he emptied his semi-automatic rifles at one mosque and then calmly drove to another to complete his evil deed. I will not share his name as requested by Ardern whose humble and moral leadership elevated her and the people of New Zealand to the top of the league of humanity.

New Zealand, a small island country with a population of five million reacted to the shocking massacre in a way that showed to be a light onto the world. While Muslims have faced rising Islamophobia in the West, including the United States, here New Zealanders reacted in the same way towards their Muslim minority as one would have expected them to react towards an attack on the majority or other minority communities. The shock was visible and the outpouring of love and solidarity was there for all to see.

Bouquets of flowers were piled high outside the two mosques, within touching distance of the tens of vehicles still in the car parks whose owners had perished. There were hugs to Muslim men and women from fellow citizens, feeling their loss and pain. The traditional Maori dance, which we normally see at Rugby matches in the UK, was performed not to intimidate as it does then but to show sympathy and solidarity.

READ: New Zealand massacres bring back memory of Ibrahimi Mosque........

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