The tragic killings in New Zealand have taken the country by shock.
According to News 18, on Saturday she visited the Muslim community in Christchurch, donned a black headscarf as a symbol of respect and empathy for the community.
She hugged and comforted grieving families. According to NY Times, she said that the country is united in grief-
This is not New Zealand. The only part of the incident we have seen over the past 24 to 36 hours that is New Zealand is the support that you are seeing now.
Her gesture of empathy resonated with the netizens and they stand in awe of this leader's compassion.
Among the many faces & stories I’ll remember from the #ChristChurchMosque tragedy, I will never forget Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What a remarkable leader. Not only did she ban assault weapons following the incident, she’s offered financial assistance to the victims familes. pic.twitter.com/LT7cCqjPhK— Faiza N. Ali (@faiza_n_ali) March 17, 2019
One particular picture clicked by Christchurch council photographer, Kirk Hargreaves has gone viral.
The picture is an epitome of the effects of the killings on the nation.
This is Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand:— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) March 18, 2019
- She promised to cover funeral costs of the 50 victims
- She assured every family of the victims financial assistance moving forward
- She wore the Hijab while honoring the Muslim victims and families #50lives pic.twitter.com/GcVJ30NpeK
What a loving y wonderful Prime Minister to all the people. New Zealand is blessed to have such a great y caring https://t.co/s2lFTnTFZQ y support to New Zealand y all their people.— Bella Dawn (@BellaDawn01527) March 18, 2019
Videos of her hugging the members of the community show how she stands in solidarity with them as a true humanitarian.
I rarely post pics of politicians, prime ministers, presidents. But this picture of #NewZealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern with members of the Muslim Communitiy after the #ChristchurchMosquMassacre moves me deeply #eggboy pic.twitter.com/EOcQ3WaJm8— Egg Boy (@EggBoy22819007) March 18, 2019
Thank you NZ for a sane leader.— Kimathome (@trumpdumpnow) March 18, 2019
You cannot help but adore Jacinda who shows such empathy and humanity to victims familys. Can you see Theresa May hugging crying familys? She is what this world needs more of.— Bill (@Billy24163344) March 18, 2019
Can you imagine how our country would be if we had leaders setting an example like this?— Phil Batt (@B477M4N) March 18, 2019
What a noble leader @JacindaArdern is! A true role model for our times.— Dr. Yasir Qadhi (@YasirQadhi) March 17, 2019
I might not have known your name before, & I know my words will not be read by you, but for whatever it's worth, you have forever won our respect, & the respect of millions around the globe.
God bless you! pic.twitter.com/lWlk9ZUQ1A
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern comforting and standing in solidarity with the New Zealand muslim community pic.twitter.com/3N2Xx3WGp4— Mohamed Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) March 17, 2019
I had never heard of Jacinda before Friday, but now I will never forget her. The compassion and kindness are evident, and she's also taking action, too x— Jacqui Dicks (@jaxd38) March 17, 2019
Now that's a leader!!!— Wonder Woman 🆗️ (@LibAmerican) March 17, 2019
Showing love and kindness to all her citizens. Wow. I'm so jealous of New Zealand.
Let us take a lesson from this. Or should I say politicians take notice. This woman is not only a leader but a humanitarian! Our country should aspire to handle tragedy in this matter. Create unity and not bank on division for political gain!— Ginnie (@mystical2121) March 17, 2019
Love her fearless leadership.❤️— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 17, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she spoke to 45 directly & said if the U.S. wants to provide support, then show “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.”
Let’s hope he listens pic.twitter.com/QfW50G0oA6
I’m getting emotional watching this b/c it seems like eternity since we saw a public servant respond to tragedy with such sincere compassion & love— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) March 17, 2019
The world’s politicians could learn much from watching PM @jacindaardern & her consuming love for humanitypic.twitter.com/ICkmMFyuF3
Can you imagine having a leader of a country showing this kind of empathy?— Jonny Geller (@JonnyGeller) March 17, 2019
Thank you, Jacinda Ardern, for reminding the world what a Leader is and could be.pic.twitter.com/uYcGGS9ccB
Jacinda Ardern comforts grieving families in Christchurch. It’s hard to fake empathy. We are not born with empathy we are taught empathy. We have empathy or we don’t. It’s like entering into another person‘s pain. It requires humility. BL This is genuine empathy. #auspol pic.twitter.com/8hit5JEXDq— Sara (@_sara_jade_) March 17, 2019
Jacinda's genuine sorrow, humanitarian virtues and concrete gestures to handle the tragedy are being hailed as exemplars of true leadership qualities.