CHRISTCHURCH: The word repeated over and over across New Zealand is “Why?”
Why was the country, thought of as among the most peaceful in the world, singled out for a horrifying terrorist attack? This South Pacific nation, hailed by Muslim immigrants as a “heaven on earth”, ranks second only to Iceland on the Global Peace Index, reports AFP.But in just 36 minutes on Friday afternoon, 49 Muslims were shot dead at two Christchurch mosques, leaving more dead than there were murders in all of last year. In a country where police routinely patrol unarmed, parents strained to explain to their kids what happened, even as they struggled to understand it themselves. A sole gunman “made the point that there is nowhere that’s far enough away”, said Chris, who took his children aged 12, nine and four, to the scene of the Linwood mosque where seven were gunned down.