CHRISTCHURCH – Mosques around the world were showered with flowers and messages of solidarity after Christchurch massacre that left 49 Muslim worshippers killed while praying in two New Zealand mosques, The Guardian reported.
The strongest response from the public was in New Zealand, which is reeling in the wake of the worst peacetime mass killing in the nation’s history.
Some messages read: “We love you”, “We are one” and “Forever Changed”.
Flowers were laid outside a mosque in Wellington where members of the public also drew messages of support on the footpath in chalk.
Just dropped off some flowers at Kilbirnie Mosque. There is so, so much love here right now – the flowers, hugs and messages of support keep coming in droves. Aroha nui, New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/YWrcRw75lH
— 💫 lucy ‘leon’s wife’ morris 🔜 #notGDC 💫 (@lucyamorris) March 16, 2019
New Zealanders around the country have shown up at mosques en masse to show their support. Impossible at some places to get a park apparently.
— Melissa Davey (@MelissaLDavey) March 15, 2019
There were similar scenes outside mosques in Auckland, Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane.
Floral tributes at the gate of the Al Masjid al Jamie mosque in Ponsonby, Auckland have been arriving since yesterday.
One man laying flowers this morning, Richard, says it was a way of saying ‘we are thinking of you and we are one’. pic.twitter.com/hWP2QHqafn
— RNZ (@radionz) March 15, 2019
— Dr Jennifer S. Hunt (@Dr_JenHunt) March 15, 2019
Makeshift memorials are also popping up at mosques here in Australia.
Here people have laid flowers outside the Lutwyche Mosque ♥
📸: Donna Field pic.twitter.com/wcciQ4X6gm
— ABC Brisbane (@abcbrisbane) March 16, 2019
Bouquets of flowers, some accompanied with touching messages, adorn the fence of Lakemba Mosque in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/OdQYIR5y0g
— Sarah McPhee (@_SarahMcPhee) March 16, 2019
The outpouring of support continued in America and Canada where people also left candles outside mosques.
— Jordan Armstrong (@jarmstrongbc) March 16, 2019
It was heartening to see the support for Vancouver’s Muslim community today walking by Al-Masjid Al-Jamia Mosque. The flowers have been piling up today in response to #NZTerrorAttack Vancouverites stand with our Muslim friends, family, co-workers and neighbours ❤️ pic.twitter.com/z283DAA6db
— Wes Regan (@411Regan) March 15, 2019
More flowers and candles left outside Idris Mosque in Seattle in response to mass shooting at New Zealand mosque. Tomorrow Idris is holding a previously scheduled “Cup of Tea Get to know your Muslim Neighbor” event at 4:00. pic.twitter.com/cZKPBe3lef
— John Hopperstad (@JohnHopperstad) March 15, 2019
In Britain, solidarity was also on show.
Outside a mosque in Manchester today… pic.twitter.com/m3CeaBTgEg
— BBC Radio Manchester (@BBCRadioManc) March 15, 2019
— Mohammed Shafiq (@mshafiquk) March 15, 2019
As we opened the #Cambridge Central Mosque doors today, a young man from #NewZealand came by to express how upset he was by the horrific attack in #Christchurch. He broke down in tears, gave us flowers and a beautiful note of support. We will always stand in solidarity. ♥ pic.twitter.com/eHg7jnjWJU
— Ibrahim Rahman (@ihrahman) March 15, 2019