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ເມືອງ Christchurch ເລີ້ມ​ຝັງ​ສ​ົບ ໃນ​ຂະ​ນະ​ທີ່ ພ​ິ​ທີໄວ້​ອາ​ໄລ ຈະ​ມີເພີ້ມ​ຂຶ້ນ


ພວກ​ໄວ້​ອາ​ໄລ ນຳ​ເອົາ​ສົບ​ຂອງ​ຜູ້​ເຄາະ​ຮ້າຍໄປ​ຝັງ ​ທີ່​ສຸ​ສານ Memorial Park ທີ່​ເມືອງ Christchurch ປະ​ເຫ​ດ​ນິວ​ຊິ​ແລນວັນ​ທີ 20 ມີ​ນາ 2019.

ໃນ​ຂະ​ນະ​ທີ່​ພວກ​ເຈົ້າ​ໜ້າ​ທີ່​ນິວ​ຊີ​ແລນ ສືບ​ຕໍ່​ເຮັດ​ວຽກ ​ຮ່ວມ​ກັບ​ບັນ​ດາ​ຄອບ​ຄົວ ເພື່ອ
​ລະ​ບຸ​ໂຕ​ພວກ​ທີ່​ຖືກ​ສັງ​ຫານ​ໃນ​ການ​ໂຈມ​ຕີ ​ເມື່ອ​ວັນ​ສຸກ​ແລ້ວ​ນີ້ ຢູ່​ທີ່​ວັດ​ມຸ​ສ​ລິມສອງ​ແຫ່ງ
ພວກ​ສະ​ມາ​ຊິກ​ປະ​ຊາ​ຄົ​ມໄດ້ພ​າ​ກັນ​ຝັງ​ພວກ​ເສຍ​ຊີ​ວິດໃນ​ວັນ​ພຸດ​ມື້​ນີ້ ແລະ​ສູ້​ຊົນໄປ​
ໜ້າ​ກັບ​ຊີ​ວິດ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້າ.

ຜູ້​ບັນ​ຊາ​ການ​ຕຳ​ຫຼວດ​ນິວ​ຊີ​ແລນ ທ່ານ​ໄມຄ໌ ບຸ​ສ​ ກ່າວ​ວ່າ “ຂັ້ນ​ຕອນ​ເພື່ອ​ເຕົ້າ​ໂຮມ​ບັນ
​ດາ​ຜູ້​ເຄາະ​ຮ້າຍ​ກັບ​ຄົນ​ທີ່​ຮັກ​ຫອມ​ຂອງ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້​າ ສຳ​ລັບພວກ​ເຮົາ​ແລ້ວແມ່ນເປັນ​ບູລິ​
ມະ​ສິດ ​ເປັນເຫດ​ຜົນສຳ​ລັບ​ຄອບ​ຄົວ ​ເຫດ​ຜົນ​ສຳ​ລັບຄວາມ​ເຫັນ​ອົກ​ເຫັນ​ໃຈ ແລະ​ເຫດ
​ຜົນ​ໃນ​ດ້ານ​ປະ​ເພ​ນີ. ນັ້ນແມ່ນ ​ດຳ​ເນີນ​ໄປ​ດ້ວຍ​ດີ ມັນ​ແມ່ນ​ຄວາມ​ຕັ້ງ​ໃຈ​ຂອງ​ພວກ​
ເຮົາ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ເຮັດ​ໃນ​ສິ່ງ​ທີ່​ເຮົາ​ເຮັດ​ໄດ້​ເພື່ອ​ໃຫ້​ສຳ​ເລັດ​ໃນ​ມື້​ນີ້ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກຳ​ລັງສ້າງຄວາມ​
ຄືບ​ໜ້າ.”

ທ່ານ​ກ່າວ​ເພີ້ມ​ອີກວ່າ “ມາ​ຈົນ​ຮອດ 11 ໂມງເຄິ່ງ​ຄືນວານ​ນີ້​ ຊາວ​ເອັດ​ຄົນ​ຂອງ​ພວກ​
ເຄາະ​ຮ້າຍ ໄດ້​ຖືກ​ລະ​ບຸ​ໂຕ​ຢ່າງ​ເປັນ​ທາງ​ການ ແລະ​ໄດ້​ສົ່ງ​ໃຫ້​ແກ່​ບັນ​ດາຜູ້​ຮັກ​ຫອມ​
ຂອງ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້າແລ້ວ.”

ສອງ​ຄົນ​ໃນ​ຈຳ​ນວນ 50 ຄົນ ໄດ້​ຝັງ​ໄວ້​ຢູ່​ສຸ​ສານ Memorial Park ໃນ​ວັນ​ພຸດ​ມື້​ນີ້.

ຫຼາຍ​ຮ້ອຍ​ຄົນ​ໄດ້​ພາ​ກັນ​ເຂົ້າ​ຮ່ວມພິ​ທີ​ໄວ້​ອາ​ໄລ ຮວມ​ທັງ​ຈຳ​ນວນ​ນຶ່ງ​ໄດ້​ເດີນ​ທາງ​ມາ​
ຈາກ​ແຫ່ງ​ອື່ນໆ​ໃນ​ປະ​ເທດ.

ທ່ານ​ກູ​ລ​ຊາດ ອາ​ລີ ກ່າວຕໍ່​ອົງ​ການ​ຂ່າວ​ຣອຍ​ເຕີວ່າ “ເຫັນ​ການ​ຢ່ອນ​ສົ​ບ​ລົງ​ແລ້ວເປັນ
​ເວ​ລາໂສກ​ເສົ້າ​ທີ່​ສຸດສຳ​ລັບ​ຂ້າ​ພະ​ເຈົ້າ” ທ່ານ​ໄດ້​ບິນ​ຈາກ​ເມືອ​ອັອກ​ແລນ ເພື່ອ​ເຂົ້າ​
ຮ່ວມ​ພິ​ທີ​ສົ່ງ​ສະ​ການດັ່ງ​ກ່າວ.

ໃນ​ຂະ​ນະ​ທີ່​ສະ​ມາ​ຊິກ​ຂອງ​ປະ​ຊາ​ຄົມ​ມຸ​ສ​ລິມ​ໄດ້​ພາ​ກັນ​ໄວ້​ອາ​ໄລ ນາ​ຍົກ​ລັດ​ຖະ​ມົນ​ຕີ
ຈາ​ຊິນ​ດາ ອາ​ເດີ​ຣ໌ນ (Jacinda Ardern) ໄດ້​ຢ້ຽມ​ຢາມໂຮງ​ຮຽນມັດ​ທະ​ຍົມ Cash-
mere ທີ່​ເມືອງ Christchurch. ຢູ່​ທີ່​ນັ້ນ​ທ່ານ​ນາງ​ໄດ້​ກ່າວ​ຕໍ່​ພວກ​ນັກ​ຮຽນ​ວ່າ “ບໍ່​ເປັນ​
ຫຍັງ​ທີ່​ພາ​ກັນ​ໂສກ​ເສົ້າ.”

ທ່ານ​ນາງ​ກ່າວ​ວ່າ “ບໍ່​ເປັນ​ຫຍັງ​ທີ່​ຮ້ອງຂໍການ​ຊ່ວຍ​ເຫຼືອ ເຖິງ​ແມ່ນ​ເຈົ້າ​ບໍ່​ໄດ້​ຮັບ ຜົນ​ກະ
​ທົບ​ໂດຍ​ກົງກໍ​ຕາມ. ​ສິ່ງ​ເຫລົ່າ​ນີ້ ບັນ​ດາ​ຮູບ​ພາບ​ທີ່​ຄົນ​ພາ​ກັນ​ເຫັນ ມັນ​ຍາກ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ຮັບ
​ເອົາ​ໄດ້.”

ນັ້ນ​ແມ່ນນາງ​ເຈນ​ນີ​ເຟິ ຮໍ​າ​ມອນ ທີ່​ຢູ່​ໃນ​ເມືອງ​ Christchurch ມາ​ຕະ​ຫລອດ​ຊີ​ວິດກໍ
​ຍັງ​ດິ້ນ​ລົນກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ວ່າ ​ຈະ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້​ບາງ​ສິ່ງ​ທີ່​ຫຼາຍ​ໆຄົນຢູ່​ໃນ​ເມືອງ ​ຄິດ​ບໍ່​ເຖິງ​ເລີຍພ້ອມ
​ດ້ວຍ​ຈະ​ອະ​ທິ​ບາຍ​ຢ່າງ​ໃດ ຕໍ່​ລູກ​ສາວ​ນ້ອຍ​ຂອງ​ນາງ.

As New Zealand police continue to work with families to positively identify those slain in last Friday’s attack at two Christchurch mosques, members of the community buried their dead Wednesday and pressed forward with their lives.

"The process to reunite the victims with their loved ones, this is for us an absolute priority - for family reasons, for compassionate reasons and for cultural reasons. That's progressing very well, it was our intention to do what we could to complete that by today, we are making very good progress,” said New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

He added, "As of last night at 11:30pm, twenty-one of those victims had been formally identified and were being made available to release to their loved ones."

Watch Steve Miller's report from Christchurch

Two of the 50 victims were laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery Wednesday.

Hundreds gathered for the memorial service, including some who traveled from elsewhere in the country.

“Seeing the body lowered down, it was a very emotional time for me,” Gulshad Ali told Reuters News Agency. He flew from Auckland to attend the funeral.

While members of the Muslim community were mourning, New Zealand Prime Minister

Ardern visited Christchurch’s Cashmere High School. There, she told students it was “okay to grieve.”

"It is ok to ask for help,” she said, “even if you weren't directly effected. These things, these images that people are seeing they are really difficult to process."

That’s something Jennifer Hammon, a life long resident of Christchurch, is also struggling with - how to make sense of something that many in the city thought was unimaginable, as well as, how to explain what happened to her young daughter.

“You can't explain it,” Hammond told VOA as her voice began trembling, “We lost people who were part of our lives. The thought of children being targeted angers me… you can't even put it into words. It's hurt, there's some anger there, and grief.”

It will take time

With nearly half of the bodies identified and some returned to families, the burial process has begun in Christchurch for those slain. Dr. Reza Abdul-Jabbar, an Imam from Invercargill, came to the city to assist in the process.

“We’ve got to dig in… dig deep within ourselves,” to move past the events of last week Abdul-Jabbar stated.

He says politicians, academics, and religious leaders are now in a position to change how communities deal with extremists.

Abdul-Jabbar urges the dialog on what comes next not be “sugarcoated,” so that real conversations can take place.

“I think we will move forward as a nation,” he said, “because 99.99999 percent of us are behind everybody.”

That sentiment, that those killed Friday are part of the larger New Zealand community and vice versa is also something Hammond believes.

“We rally together. That’s who we are, and we will always be like that,” she said.

But in a city still reeling from an earthquake that killed 185 people in 2011, Hammond notes it will take time and more than just words to help the community heal.

Tributes continue

While the large numbers of visitors to Hagley Park, across the street from the Al Noor mosque, have started to diminish five days after Friday’s attack, the number of memorials and tributes has not.

Adorning the park’s chainlink fence, several “links of love” have been draped over the steel structure and accompanying police tape.

The paper links, woven together, contain messages for those lost and the Muslim community.

“We are here,” “Stay strong,” and “Love” appear on just some of the thousands of links now gracing the park.

Paper links are draped over the fence at Hagley Park near one of the mosques were more than 40 people were killed in Christchurch March 15. (S. Miller/VOA)
Paper links are draped over the fence at Hagley Park near one of the mosques were more than 40 people were killed in Christchurch March 15. (S. Miller/VOA)

Similar thoughts could be found among the notes left at one of the trees surrounded by memorial candles and flower bouquets.

A visitor from the United Kingdom shared their thoughts on the tragedy by leaving a note adorned with an inked flower pattern.

“To the families suffering, please don’t forget there is more good than evil, stay strong. I’m sorry this happened to your loved ones. Everyone is thinking of you and sending you our sympathies and love. Have hope harness your strength. Only love can fight hate,” the note read, signed only as “Peace and Love from the U.K.”

Memorials for individuals have also appeared, as the community shares the names of those were lost.

The memorial to Ansi Alibava, 23, who was killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15, 2019. (S. Miller/VOA)
The memorial to Ansi Alibava, 23, who was killed in the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15, 2019. (S. Miller/VOA)

Ansi Alibava, 23, was killed in Friday’s attack.

Her picture, work smock, flowers, and cards have been placed next to a tree in Hagley Park. Those remembering her also arranged memorial candles to spell out her name and form a heart.

One poem conveyed to the Muslim community the sense of inclusiveness several residents expressed.

“Walking down the street towards those I am going to greet. They may be of different religion or colours. Nonetheless, they are our sisters and brothers. Together a wall we can create to block all this negative hate. We stand united to ignore the fuss, because in the end THEY ARE US!”

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