New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows resolve, empathy after mosque massacre
07 May 2019 18:47
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New Zealand's 37-year-old prime minister is being hailed for displaying compassion toward Muslim families after a terrorist slaughtered 50 people, mostly worshippers, at two Christchurch mosques two days ago.
The attributes that helped Jacinda Ardern rise to become New Zealand’s leader at age 37 include her optimistic outlook and bright personality.
And she became an inspiration to working women around the world last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Neve.
But the prime minister is now displaying other qualities to an anxious nation after a terrorist on Friday slaughtered 50 people at two Christchurch mosques.
She has shown a determination to change gun laws and a deep empathy with the families of the victims and the Muslim community.
On Friday afternoon at a simple table laid in a hotel conference room in New Plymouth, a city on New Zealand's North Island, Ardern told the nation about the shootings.
Details were sparse, but her shaken demeanor, a tremor in her voice, made it clear the situation was grave.