Prince William has dialled in Down Under to check on Christchurch’s Muslim community a year after the mosque shootings which claimed 51 lives.
The Duke of Cambridge used Zoom to speak to the imams of Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre, along with prominent Muslim Association of Canterbury members and local MP Dr Megan Woods.
Gamal Fouda, imam of Masjid Al Noor, told the Herald that he’d been expecting the call all week.
During the 40-minute conversation, the group spoke about grief and healing, as well as the continuing effects that March 15 has had on their community. They also talked to the Duke about Covid-19 and how they have adapted to continue supporting their community during New Zealand’s lockdown.
He finished the call by reflecting on the 2019 attacks and saying: “I’m really proud of all of you, the whole community and the New Zealand Government for how you have all dealt with such an atrocity. You are a role model for how something so tragic can be negotiated with the utmost grace and dignity.”