March 20, 2019
Vigil tonight By Bill McElhinney “This is the latest battle the free world must fight – the battle against hate!” Muslim Association of Marlborough chairman Zayd Ian Blissett’s head is bowed, but his voice is strong. He is reflecting on the horror of the killings in Christchurch on Friday, where 50 innocent people were massacred by a lone gunman. Ian knew many of the victims.
He and his wife, Nisha, were in Christchurch three weeks ago. “Nisha had a doctor’s appointment, and we stayed in a motel just around the corner from the mosque,” Ian says. “We went there a number of times, as did many other members of the Marlborough Muslim community. We knew these people. They were our brothers and sisters.” Continued on page 2.
Muslim Association of Marlborough chairman Zayd Ian Blissett has been deeply touched by the outpouring of love from the Blenheim community. He will be at Seymour Square with others for a memorial service this evening.
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