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Mosque attack victim: "I need my wife"

Lucinda Henry

Mohammad Arafat wants his wife's visa extended as he says she's the only person that can comfort him.

Apart from a cut lip, Mohammad escaped from the Al Noor Mosque on March 15 unharmed. But he says it's the emotional trauma from the attack which has severely impacted his life.

"I haven't been sleeping and I have trouble breathing. I have panic attacks that come from nowhere," Mohammad says.

Mohammad says all he wants is for his wife Farjana Afrin, to be able to stay with him in New Zealand until his work visa runs out in a years time.

"I need my wife with me, she is the only person that can comfort me," Mohammad says.

Farjana was granted a three month temporary visa to New Zealand and arrived in the country from Bangladesh nine days after the attack.

But Mohammad claims that because he didn't suffer any physical injury and is only dealing with emotional trauma, he hasn't been able to apply for his wife to stay longer.

Immigration lawyer, Mark Williams, says if the victim's doctor believes that they will benefit from having their family member here longer to look after them, then the doctor can write a letter on behalf of the patient to help support the visa extension.

Immigration New Zealand are currently reviewing these applications but no guarantees have been made yet.

"The Government is considering further possible options for those on temporary visas who have been affected by the Christchurch shooting and will make announcements in due course," INZ Principal Communications Advisor, Yvette McKinley says.