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Today, people of all backgrounds throughout New Zealand could be seen wearing head coverings, a week after the Christchurch twin mosques attacks that claimed 50 lives. Thousands of New Zealanders gathered to honor the Muslim worshippers killed, with a call to prayer and a two-minute silence broadcast around the country. The terror attack in Christchurch exposed deep roots of Islamophobia and white supremacy, causing widespread alarm around the world. Thaya Ashman heard that some Muslim women were afraid to go outside in hijabs after the deadly shootings on March 15, according to Reuters, so she organized a movement of people to wear headscarves in solidarity. “I wanted to say: ‘We are with you, we want you to feel at home on your own streets, we love, support, and respect you,’” Ashman told Reuters. Pictured here, local residents in head scarves listen to sermons by the Imam during a call to prayer and moments of silence at Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 22, 2019. Go to the link in bio to read more.
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