‘There’s room for all of us’: Geraldton rallies behind Muslims in wake of Christchurch massacre

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Floral tributes from the wider community outside Geraldton Mosque.
Camera IconFloral tributes from the wider community outside Geraldton Mosque. Credit: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Recent tragic events at Christchurch in New Zealand prompted community members to leave floral tributes outside the door of the prayer room at Geraldton Mosque.

Among the flowers is a card bearing the words: “Hello everybody, I am a nine-year-old girl called Emily. I hope you are all very safe and happy”.

On the same card, in an adult hand, is the longer message:

“To the Muslim community of Geraldton. The actions of a cruel minority do not define this country. We wish you healing, love, peace and safety. There is room for all of us, and you belong here. Love and blessings, Sarah.”

A message of support left outside Geraldton Mosque.
Camera IconA message of support left outside Geraldton Mosque. Credit: Geoff Vivian The Geraldton Guardian

Assistant Imam Daftie Kudus said the flowers started to appear after news broke of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques on Friday.

Police have arrested and charged NSW man Brenton Tarrant with the crime.

For a full report see tomorrow’s Midwest Times print edition.

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