On Friday March 15, a gunman opened fire in two Christchurch mosques, Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosque. During this terrorist attack, 50 people lost their lives and 48 people were injured. And I have been riveted by the grace and humility with which New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adearn has become the face of her country in dealing with the aftermath of this terrible violence.
So I’m very glad to see that there is an effort by members of the children’s literature community to take a stand against hatred and Islamophobia, and to show solidarity with the victims and with affected Muslim communities.
Auctions and raffles will support the United for Christchurch Mosque Shootings fundraiser, which aims to “help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families.”
Donate items for the auction and raffle here. The fundraiser will be open March 24th – March 27th.