With a police perimeter still in place, it’s as near as he can get. He looks at the building with tear-filled eyes.
“Now we are very sad,” he says shakily as he stands in Christchurch’s Hagley Park.
A migrant from Bangladesh, Mr Uddin, 37, moved to this picturesque city on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island more than five years ago. An Al Noor regular, he would have been at the mosque on Friday if he hadn’t had to work.
The shocking act of violence here and at another mosque in the city that left 50 people dead has caused outrage across the world, not least because the perpetrator live-streamed his murderous assault on Al Noor on Facebook via a head-mounted camera.
Victims from both shootings are believed to include people who had begun their lives in nations including Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait and India.
She says: “I think New Zealand is probably the best example in the world where have done that successfully. It didn’t happen by accident. It’s something that we worked on and our parents’ generation worked on.”
At Hagley Park, two joggers pause beneath a tree to observe a tiny collection of flowers and tributes. One becomes visibly emotional, her lip trembling as she is comforted by her companion. Seconds later, they are jogging again.
For Eleanor Morgan, 53, it’s a horrifying contrast to her usual experience of the Hagley Park area, a place that for her is the heart of Christchurch.
“It should have been their haven, their safe place,” she says. “We hope we find we can show some way to show our love.”
“I’m sure nothing will happen but there’s a tinge of fear for an immigrant,” he says.
“We breathe the same air. We walk the same land. We bleed the same blood.”
“This is your home. And you should have been safe here.”
“Our hearts are with you, your family, your friends & your community. We feel your pain. We cry your tears.”
“Hug your loved ones close.”
“Then we can meet our friends,” he says. “We can see our friends. Everything is fine here.”
After hearing of the attacks, he began frantically calling people, but no-one answered.
“This thing that we feel is too painful.”
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