Names and Faces

Let us begin with this:

Text in tweet: “I don’t know the terrorist’s name. Nor do I care to know it.

Im keen on knowing the names, remembering the stories and celebrating the lives of the victims.”

BBC has a list, as does the New Zealand Herald:

They are fathers, mothers, grandparents, daughters and sons.

They are refugees, immigrants and New-Zealand born.

They are Kiwis.

These are the names of those who have died or are missing after the horrific acts of terror in Christchurch.

You can probably find more lists elsewhere, as they are being updated. This man, Khaled Beydoun, is keeping a list on Twitter. The number of victims has now increased to 51.

My heart goes out to the New Zealand Muslim community so disproportionately affected by this violence, as one of your local athletes puts so well:

While as cities and a nation we are all devastated by what happened yesterday, let’s not lose sight of the fact that yesterday’s terrorist attacks were targeted at the Muslim community. While it may have felt like it, we were not all at risk. We were not all unsafe. But we are all responsible for joining the wider conversation about racism, about white supremacy, about who we are as a country, and what’s actually going on.
I walked through the airport this morning and saw Muslim people going about their day in fear, including one woman that I and a couple of others sat with while she cried. I thought about how they were in fear as their community has been attacked, and how they would also be in fear if the perpetrator had been Muslim and the victims random, afraid for themselves and their children due to potential backlash from others in the community.

At what point do they get to rest? Why is everyone else able to go about their day? Why does the responsibility for such devastating actions by individuals get placed on entire communities in some cases but not others?

The reality is I know why. If you don’t know why, once we have had time to grieve, it might be time for some uncomfortable conversations.

In the mean time I implore you to support our Muslim community through donating to one of the fundraisers currently happening.

To our Muslim brothers and sisters – kei te heke ngā roimata, kei te ngākau pōuri au, ka aroha ki a koutou. I am so sorry this happened to you here. You should have been safe here, you should be safe everywhere. My heart is so heavy.

Ringatoi/Artist: Adrien Tavite

(via his instagram)

And this time no music, but to close off, A poem by Warsan Shire: What They Did Yesterday Afternoon:

what they did yesterday afternoon

by warsan shire

grief-reactionthey set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered


(More from warshan shire in the New Yorker and on her blog.)


  1. gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet says

    Here in Oz the tone of the media has turned to amazing support and solidarity.
    We need people to feel safe and to tell them ‘you have friends’. We hope to attend a vigil next weekend as others are doing already (our local mosque was today but we missed it )
    I hope you have the opportunity to do the same in your community.

  2. DavidinOz says

    I am beyond fucking angry with giliel, and I don’t care that I am thread jacking here, but comments have been closed on the other thread.

    You know nothing of Aus or NZ, of our relationships with each other, but you take it upon yourself to pontificate like the font of all wisdom. You are full of shit and you are pissing on Caine’s legacy.

    I have lived in both countries, you have not. I lived on the opposite side of the park to the Deans Ave mosque, you have not.

    While you are being oh so fuckling virtuous, I have given what little money I can to aid and comfort the bereaved. You just post fucking shit!

    Dear David InOz,

    This is a receipt for your donation to New Zealand Christchurch Mosque Shooting.

    Date: March 16, 2019

    Donation to: New Zealand Christchurch Mosque Shooting
    Donation will be received by: Hanthala H

    Maybe you could climb down off your high horse long enough to make a donation.

    Then go fuck yourself!

  3. says

    Goodbye, DadidinOZ. Your TERFism was first step, this is the last. I am done giving you the benefit of the doubt that you are a decent person.

    I am using my admin powers to nip this shitshow in the bud, no matter anyone’s opinion who started it.

    From this point on, anyone trying to derail any topic by pointing out inconsequential errors on another blog or by trying to vent personal grievances against any members of the blog in unrelated topics or trying to make the topics about themselves will be banned.

  4. voyager says

    Thanks, Charly.
    We welcome discussion at Affinity, but we will not tolerate abuse, derailing, or inappropriate airing of grievances.
    DavidinOz I am disappointed.

  5. says

    So much sorrow. So much fear. And it really is everywhere, from MAGA to Brexit, from the putrid cesspools of the Internet to the loftiest halls of power.

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