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On the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand, Fairshots photographers around the country got together to document the unique response from Kiwis.

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The Christchurch terrorist attack on March 15, 2019, took New Zealand and the world by surprise. It left 50 people dead and dozens more injured.

The nation was in shock and utterly heartbroken. New Zealand has always been a symbol of peace and a beacon of safety for those running from violence. The brutal attack also took with it part of the country’s national Identity.

The event that has been referred to by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, brought with it a sense of loss of innocence, a coming of age of sorts for a relatively young country.

But the nature of adversity and events such as these is that they (paradoxically) give rise to heroes and allows for individuals to overcome personal grievances. They also demand of us something else: positioning. Positioning that will eventually end up defining the country’s new national identity.

And if anything can be taken as unique from this attack was the show of support, unity and compassion that sprung all over the nation on the following weeks. The outpour of messages of love, flowers, candles, hakas, prayer and support to the Muslim community has been overwhelming. And these more then anything tell the world what kind of people Kiwis are.

We spread these images to support the families, the country and humanity as a whole, with hopes that they can be used as a guide for nations around the world to come together.
Multiple photographers

Kiwis are teaching the world a lesson of compassion. There has been no call for revenge or retaliation, in fact, the opposite has shown to be true. ‘I have chosen peace, I have chosen love and I have forgiven’ said Farid Ahmed one of the survivors who was injured and lost his wife of 50 years ‘ because that is what Islam teaches me, to forgive’.

Like many, our Fairshots photographers felt helpless, but amidst the tragedy and each of our personal grievances, 3 of our New Zealand based collaborators: Serena Stevenson, Todd Henry and Nando Azevedo, chose to unite and document the beauty that sprung, like a lotus. We spread these images to support the families, the country and humanity as a whole, with hopes that they can be used as a guide for nations around the world to come together.  We understand we can’t stop terrorism and tragedies from happening, but we can choose how we respond in order to create long term change.

This story is being used to spread a positive message after the tragedy and also to fundraise and support the families of the victims directly affected by the attacks.

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