The Christchurch Mosque attack survivor has drawn on his experiences of love and hate before and after the event to discuss how using aroha in Aotearoa can dismantle hate.
Ahmed has documented the love outpoured onto the Muslim community over the past two years. From people forming human chains outside his home to protect his family, to various memorials around the country and donations of food and other necessities.
He is creating a workshop to teach others what he’s learned about the power of kindness post-attack - how people showing kindness changed his fear and allowed him to start recovering and healing.
His workshop will include self-assessment, deconstruction of cognitive biases, and understanding how as humans we are more connected than separated. Ideally, he’d like to see the workshop reach one million people.
During a seminar on Wednesday, he used the example of a flock of starlings to describe the impact of actions in a community.