- Publish Date
- Friday, 15 March 2019, 2:20PM
An emotional Waleed Aly has spoken about the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch targeting mosques, which have killed at least 49 people.
A video of the powerful address, in which he spoke of the need to come together and criticised those who have previously "demonised particular groups", has gone viral.
Aly began by admitting he had resisted having to make the remarks all day, until he felt "an overwhelming sense of responsibility to do so".
"These won't be my best words," the prominent Muslim academic, journalist, commentator and broadcaster began.
"Of all the things, I could say, that I'm gutted and I'm scared and I feel overcome with utter hopelessness, the most dishonest thing would be to say that I'm shocked.
"There is nothing about Christchurch that shocks me."
This article was first published on the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.