New Zealand is going through an unprecedented situation following the terror attack on two mosques in central Christchurch on Friday which killed 49 people and injured scores of others.
People of New Zealand, a country which is considered one of the safest and makes into international news headlines rarely, that too on issues on climate change and environment which it has always led, found themselves in an unfamiliar space on Friday following the shooting, said to be the deadliest white supremacist attack in the recent times.
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.
The Guru Nanak Free Kitchen in Auckland, an NGO involved in various human services have appealed to their fellow community members to help those in distress.
The Sikh community in New Zealand too are doing their bit to help the families of the shooting victims, in all possible ways.
Responding to an appeal by a Muslim representative, the GNFK in a Facebook post urged volunteers to come forward to help the Muslim community in Christchurch with washing bodies, transportation of families and bodies to the cemetery, digging graves and organize langar for the people attending funerals and helping with other stuff.
Later, in a separate post, 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.”
According to their Facebook page, the Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen began in April 2017 when a group of like-minded individuals got together and wanted to help with feeding those in need in Auckland and do so by encouraging Sikh youth and organizations to volunteer their time and services.
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Sikh Advisory Board Singapore condemn terror attacks on Christchurch mosques (Asia Samachar, 15 March 2019)