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WHO 1 April 2019

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in this issue

1 min.
why the world needs jacinda

In the wake of a horrible tragedy, the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques by a gunman advocating anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hatred, people around the globe watched on as details and footage of the shootings spread like wildfire. But one woman who refused to break down was New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She’s known for being the youngest leader of the nation in 150 years – and was widely popular for serving while pregnant – but on this day in parliament her jovial-natured exterior faded and we were in the company of a stern, concerned leader who addressed the world in a fashion we all needed. “We represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who need it,” she told reporters. “You…

5 min.
‘we are one’

Two days after delivering the horrific news that 50 men, women and children had been gunned down in New Zealand’s deadliest massacre across two mosques in Christchurch, a heartbroken Jacinda Ardern met with families of the victims, wrapping her arms around mourners as they wept into her shoulder. Making her way slowly through the group of Muslim mourners, the nation’s prime minister, dressed sombrely in dark hues and wearing a headscarf, was a picture of solidarity and compassion, whispering words of comfort as she hugged grief-stricken men and women. “The prime minister, when she came wearing her scarf, that was big for us,” said Dalia Mohamed, who was mourning the loss of her daughter’s father-in-law. As New Zealand reeled from its darkest day, Ardern – who 18 months earlier had pledged…

3 min.
remembering the victims

MUCAD IBRAHIM, 3 The toddler was visiting the mosque with his older brother, Abdi, and their father, both of whom survived the attack. Abdi told reporters that in the chaos, he fled the building while his father, who had been shot, played dead and they lost track of Mucad, whom he described as “energetic, playful and liked to smile and laugh a lot”. ATTA ELAYYAN, 33 The Kuwait-born goalkeeper for New Zealand’s futsal team “ran towards the shooter to stop him, very bravely”, friend Ghassan Alaraji told 9News. “He tried to get up and he was shot again.”He leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old daughter. “He was just a true gentleman, a true leader, someone who was there for everyone,”friend Ronan Naicker told CNN. “He was a really intelligent guy.” NAEEM RASHID, 50 In a…

1 min.
jacinda: born to lead

Jacinda Ardern’s remarkable response to her nation’s toughest days has drawn praise worldwide and silenced critics who claimed she was too young for the role and lacked backbone. But the 38-year-old, who joined the Labour Party as a 17-year-old and worked for ex PM Helen Clark as well as Britain’s former PM Tony Blair, has more than proven her mettle over the past days. Since taking the top job, the lapsed Mormon – she left the church because its views conflicted with her support of gay rights – has welcomed her first child, with partner Clarke Gayford (she was the first NZ PM to be pregnant while in office). Said Ardern: “I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known simply…

1 min.
‘i will never leave nz’

Amid the heartbreak and despair in New Zealand, messages of survival, support and hope have poured in from across the world. Counting himself as one of the “luckiest persons”, Christchurch resident Khaled Al-Jammali faced death on March 15 when the gunman entered the Al Noor mosque, raised his gun and pointed it at Al-Jammali, before turning and firing in a different direction. “I don’t know why he didn’t shoot me,” he told the NZ Herald newspaper. Instead the gunman shot his friends. Al-Jammali, though, says nothing will stop him and his family from “doing our religion”. And, he adds, “I will never leave New Zealand. This is my home.” Across the world, in the UK, Manchester man Andrew Graystone’s message of support went viral as people reacted to his beautiful gesture.…

3 min.
caught in a school scandal

ANSWERING THE DOOR HER LOS Angeles mansion at 6am on March 12, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was faced with a wall of FBI agents with their guns drawn. According to the Los Angeles Times, she was handcuffed and informed of charges against her in a college-admissions fraud case called Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI. Unsealed US federal court records in Boston lay out a 204-page indictment against nearly 50 defendants, including Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, who were allegedly part of a scam involving elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, among others. While authorities are still investigating the scope of the scandal, prosecutors allege that Huffman paid $US15,000 to an admissions consultant who facilitated cheating on Huffman’s daughter Sofia Grace’s SAT test, which she…