New Zealand Geographic, May/June 2019

A permanent shift in attitude must take place for the 51 lives lost to have not been in vain, says Nada Tawfeek: “Things can never go back to how they were.”

New Zealanders must wake up to racism and hate, she adds. As a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, she encountered Islamophobia from the moment she arrived in the country, aged 16. The first week, as she and her sister walked to school, two young men came up right behind them and shouted, “Terrorist!” No one around them intervened.