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The Ripple Effect: How the Christchurch mosque shootings shattered a nation's heart

Armed Police guard the Masjid Al Noor, Deans Avenue Mosque, Christchurch. 17 March 2019 New Zealand Herald photograph by Michael Craig. WGP 21Mar19 - Armed police guard the Al Noor Mosque

March 15 2020, marked one year since the Christchurch mosque shootings – the worst terror attack on New Zealand soil.

In a five-chapter series, Christchurch-based Herald senior journalist KURT BAYER explores what happened at the two mosques that day, how the tight-knit Muslim community was torn apart, how the city and a nation responded, and where we are today.

He also follows the lives of some of the victims as they struggle with loss, grief, ongoing traumatic mental and physical injuries, highlighting the ripple effect of what's been called "our darkest of days".

CONTENT WARNING: Some readers might find this story distressing.