I was in NZ ‘s North Island last week. Had been mulling over the fact that I haven’t posted for so long, as well as thinking about Jennifer Mishra’s suggested “Gathering” photo challenge for the week.
The terrible events in Christchurch last Friday, a week after I arrived, coloured everything. The people I was with and others I met, were all so shocked, subdued and couldn’t say much. Hearts went out to the victims, their families and friends.
Prime Minister Jacinta Ahern announced on TV that she would never name the perpetrator on this atrocity. My friends lauded her stand on tighter gun control – no to semi-automatic or military styled guns: ban them.
Today, one of the Imans said “We are broken-hearted but we are not broken … and a bikie gang volunteered to stand guard at the mosques.
We carry on.
Before the WOMAD (The World of Music and Dance) program began each day, there was a Minute’s silence and a prayer in Maori for the victims.
The first act on Saturday was a Troupe of Indigenous Taiwanese who linked arms and danced while they sang in Paiwan. Their traditional ballads were hypnotic. The crowd was quiet.
Festival goers wandered around
or sat chatting.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern has taken a stand. By her words, actions and her solid leadership, she has moved the world.
Quote by Archimedes
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