in News March 18, 2019

Response to Christchurch Attack

On Friday, 15th of March, in response to the horrific terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 Muslims were killed. Faiths Forum for London and the Turn to Love team organised and attended a vigil in memory of the innocent victims of the attack. Turn to love brings together a consortium of volunteers from different backgrounds, and act as a rapid response team.

The team and members of the public stood outside New Zealand House in Central London┬áto condemn all forms of violence and extremism and to spread the message of love, peace and unity in the face of vile hatred. The group waved placards with messages such as “they will not divide us” and “turn to Love for New Zealand”.

The vigil was attended by Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, who told the group:

“We will not allow these people to divide us, we will stand in solidarity with all those who suffered egregiously in New Zealand. We stand together for a world where we respect each other, where we recognise the strength that comes from our diversity.”

Aya Bdaiwi, Communication and Project Manager at Faiths Forum, told the BBC in an interview:

“Far right extremism is a threat to us all. It’s difficult for the Muslim community in the UK not to have that fear. I think the most difficult thing about the attack was that it was on a holy day; this was where people go to worship God and they were innocently killed. Those are the people that we need to remember.”




in News March 18, 2019