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New Zealand digs graves as mosque massacre toll rises to 50

Updated : March 17, 2019 12:50 PM IST

New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighbourhoods and around the country on Saturday, in a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain as a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge, accused in mass shootings at two mosques that left dozens of people dead.

Mourners lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Mourners lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A woman holds flowers on her way towards the Masjid Al Noor mosque to pay her respects. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A woman holds flowers on her way towards the Masjid Al Noor mosque to pay her respects. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Shohab Ishaq, left, Fazeel Basha, family of mosque shooting victims, stand outside a refugee centre in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Shohab Ishaq, left, Fazeel Basha, family of mosque shooting victims, stand outside a refugee centre in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mourners link arms in Hagley Park near the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosque shooting sites in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Kristen Gelineau)
Mourners link arms in Hagley Park near the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosque shooting sites in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Kristen Gelineau)
Signs and flowers are placed in Hagley Park near the Al Noor mosque. (AP Photo/Kristen Gelineau)
Signs and flowers are placed in Hagley Park near the Al Noor mosque. (AP Photo/Kristen Gelineau)
Mourners place flowers as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mourners place flowers as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A girl walks to lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A girl walks to lay flowers on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Linwood mosque shooting survivor Elliot Dawson, right, and a friend Shay Kenny hold a sign at an intersection near the mosque. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Linwood mosque shooting survivor Elliot Dawson, right, and a friend Shay Kenny hold a sign at an intersection near the mosque. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mourners grieve at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the mosque mass murders at Botanical Gardens in Christchurch. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
Mourners grieve at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the mosque mass murders at Botanical Gardens in Christchurch. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
Members of New Zealand's Muslim community and officials watch as graves are prepared at a Muslim cemetery following the Friday mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Members of New Zealand's Muslim community and officials watch as graves are prepared at a Muslim cemetery following the Friday mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A woman who lost her husband during Friday's mass shootings cries outside an information centre for families. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A woman who lost her husband during Friday's mass shootings cries outside an information centre for families. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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