Waiting to hear from loved ones
Nasreen Hanif, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, said that little news was coming through about whether friends and relatives in Christchurch were safe, and that the country’s Muslims were anxious for updates.
“Nobody’s answering their phones,” she said. “We don’t know if they’re at the hospital or out of reach. Some have posted that they are safe, but others have not.”
[For Muslims in New Zealand and abroad, the massacre has drawn outrage as a brazen act of hatred borne of anti-Muslim sentiment.]
She added that because the affected mosques remained cordoned off, with bodies inside, people feared that their relatives or friends were among the dead.
Ms. Hanif said the two mosques in Christchurch had asked for help from the rest of New Zealand’s Muslims to arrange the 49 funerals they would need to plan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said that three Turkish citizens were wounded in the attack; the Palestine Liberation Organization’s ambassador to New Zealand said at least one Palestinian was killed; and the group Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said on its Facebook page that “Syrian refugees, including children, have been shot today.”
A site managed by the International Committee of the Red Cross listed dozens of people who had been recorded as missing, including people from Egypt, Syria, India, Kuwait, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.
Australian lawmaker draws condemnation
Senator Fraser Anning, a member of the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, has drawn condemnation at home and abroad for linking the attack to Muslim immigration.
“Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” he tweeted.
Rebukes quickly followed from the highest levels of government in Australia and abroad. “The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter. “Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.”
Sajid Javid, the British home secretary, said that Mr. Anning had fanned “the flames of violence & extremism. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man.”
Mr. Anning drew similar opprobrium last year for invoking a Nazi euphemism during a speech in Parliament, calling for a “final solution to the immigration problem.”