The horrific mass shooting episode that took place at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday afternoon, has rocked the country to the core. The ghastly act of terror resulted in the death of 50 people, while another 50 were severely injured.
Holding a press conference on the same day, New Zealand rime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, condemned the loss of lives in the tragedy. She termed the firing as an unprecedented act of violence and marked the day as one of the darkest ones in the country’s history.
Performing her responsibilities as the woman in charge of the nation, she has extended financial help to the survivors and has offered to cover the funeral costs of those killed. Apart from these, the 38-year-old vowed that the country’s gun laws will change.
But the most heartwarming gesture was yet to come.
On Saturday, Jacinda Ardern gave us an example of her pure heart, when she visited the affected community in Christchurch. In a bid to lend her support to those affected, she donned a black headscarf and met the survivors, the families of those killed and others.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comforted mourners and laid a wreath at Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington after the Christchurch terror attack https://t.co/sOUnT9PKJF pic.twitter.com/GNW49gTWze
— CNN (@CNN) March 18, 2019
She was seen interacting with the people whose lives have been severely altered by the tragedy and giving them warm hugs of consolation. The grief in her eyes was as genuine as it can be. However, one particular photograph, clicked by Christchurch council photographer, Kirk Hargreaves, drives our point home.
Her true act of kindness and concern has got people rightfully lauding the Prime Minister as the pictures and videos of her visit continue to spread on social platforms.
Jacinda Ardern PM of New Zealand, in the midst of #Christchurch mourning their Muslim community,is managing to demonstrate true leadership. She is showing her strength & her sadness, taking swift decisive action on gun laws & also role modelling compassion for Trump/others.#Marr pic.twitter.com/rHXTYvyCpe
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) March 17, 2019
Jacinda Ardern comforts grieving families in Christchurch. It’s hard to fake empathy. We are not born with empathy we are taught empathy. We have empathy or we don’t. It’s like entering into another person‘s pain. It requires humility. BL This is genuine empathy. #auspol pic.twitter.com/8hit5JEXDq
— 💧Sara (@_sara_jade_) March 17, 2019
I think I am in love with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.pic.twitter.com/0KO0YTmQlu
— S. Reshad Bakir (@serdarreshad) March 18, 2019
— Ali A. Rizvi (@aliamjadrizvi) March 17, 2019
The way Theresa May handled the Grenfell Fire tragedy and the way Jacinda Ardern has handled the Christchurch terrorist attack tells you a lot about how leaders view the people they represent and how they view their obligations to those people.
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) March 17, 2019
This Prime Minister also promised to cover the funeral costs of the 51 Christchurch victims, She assured every family of the victims financial assistance, and wore a hijab in solidarity while honoring the victims.
Her name is Jacinda Ardern.
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— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) March 17, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comforting and standing in solidarity with the New Zealand muslim community pic.twitter.com/3N2Xx3WGp4
— Mohamed Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) March 17, 2019
What a noble leader @JacindaArdern is! A true role model for our times.
I might not have known your name before, & I know my words will not be read by you, but for whatever it's worth, you have forever won our respect, & the respect of millions around the globe.
God bless you! pic.twitter.com/lWlk9ZUQ1A
— Dr. Yasir Qadhi (@YasirQadhi) March 17, 2019
I’m getting emotional watching this b/c it seems like eternity since we saw a public servant respond to tragedy with such sincere compassion & love
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) March 17, 2019
Can you imagine how our country would be if we had leaders setting an example like this?
— Phil Batt (@B477M4N) March 18, 2019
Let us take a lesson from this. Or should I say politicians take notice. This woman is not only a leader but a humanitarian! Our country should aspire to handle tragedy in this matter. Create unity and not bank on division for political gain!
— Ginnie (@mystical2121) March 17, 2019
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) March 17, 2019
What a loving y wonderful Prime Minister to all the people. New Zealand is blessed to have such a great y caring https://t.co/s2lFTnTFZQ y support to New Zealand y all their people.
— Bella Dawn (@BellaDawn01527) March 18, 2019
— DW News (@dwnews) March 16, 2019
Take a bow, Jacinda Ardern. You just showed the world what a true leader looks like!