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We Are One: The Mosque Attacks One Year On

?The lives of the Muslim community in Christchurch were forever changed by the attacks of the 15th of March when 51 people lost their lives and 40 more were wounded.

The out-pouring of love and support from New Zealand and the world showed them that they did not stand alone; as the first year unfolded how did those affected manage their trauma and grief?

We Are One: The Mosque Attacks One Year On follows six of these families through their first year as their lives find their new pattern and they deal with the challenges they face as a result of losing their wife who is also their primary care-giver, their beloved child, or the reality of a bread-winner who won’t be working for several months due to the ongoing affects of their bullet wounds. We follow those that travel to the pilgrimage to Mecca, and afterwards as they they navigate life after the  15th of March. As their physical wounds heal, how are they handling the emotional, mental and psychological fallout?

We learn about their lives, aspects of their faith, and what they see is, or isn’t, changing as the year progresses.

Husna Ahmed was shot after going back into the Al Noor Mosque to rescue her paraplegic husband, Farid. Farid survived the attacks, and now channels his grief into spreading a message of love, compassion, and forgiveness. 

When Linda Armstrong converted to Islam ten years ago, her daughter Angela had difficulty understanding her decision. She now seeks to learn more about her mother’s religion in an attempt to connect with her after her death. 

Mustafa Boztas was injured escaping from the Al Noor Mosque. The care he received from the New Zealand police in the immediate aftermath inspired him to apply to join the New Zealand Police. He is working hard to recover from his injuries and regain the physical fitness he once had in order to meet their entrance requirements. 

Ahmede Yesuf’s discharge from hospital is only the beginning of his healing journey. Bullet-wounded and slowly regaining his ability to walk, his lack of mobility and the physical care he requires is difficult for his family, as his wife Semira must now care for both him and Inaaya, their two year old daughter, alone. 

Where Aya once enjoyed interests alongside her brother, Hussein Al-Umari, she is now trying new activities and experiences alone, while supporting her parents who are grieving over the loss of their son. 

Noraini lost her 14-year-old son, Sayyad Milne who was a keen futsal player. She still enjoys catching up with his futsal team, now named FC Milne in his honour.

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