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Christchurch mosque attack leaves survivor with 52% disability, trauma

Christchurch mosque attack leaves survivor with 52% disability, trauma
Temel Atacocugu vows to respond to hate with peace despite being shot nine times during assault

By Omer Kablan

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AA) - Temel Atacocugu, a survivor of the 2019 Christchurch mosque attack, has been left with 52% disability and is still feeling the effects of the trauma after being shot nine times during the assault.

Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre, where 51 people lost their lives. Atacocugu told Anadolu he was shot nine times during the attack, adding that he was still struggling and seeking professional help while taking antidepressants to manage the trauma.

Despite the difficulties he has been facing, Atacocugu remains grateful for the support he has received from people all around the world.

Speaking to reporters, he expressed his appreciation for the love and care shown to him and his fellow survivors.

The Christchurch attack left Atacocugu with a physical disability of 52%, which has added to the challenges he faces on a daily basis. However, he remains resolute in his determination to overcome the trauma and stay strong against all ideologies of hate.

Atacocugu's message of hope and peace is one that resonates with many, and he has vowed to respond to hate with peace. His unwavering commitment to this message is an inspiration to others who have been affected by similar tragedies.

The Christchurch mosque attack was a devastating event that shook the world and brought attention to the rising threat of far-right extremism. Atacocugu's story is a reminder that the effects of such events can be long-lasting and that those affected require ongoing support and care.
He said he is getting better and he is "carrying onto life."

On March 15, 2019, Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist, killed 51 people and injured 40 more at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2020 without the possibility of parole, in the first such ruling ever handed down in the island country.​​​​​​​

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