Christchurch tragedy – advice for providers
We have reproduced this special issue of Kotahitanga (the Ministry of Social Development's newsletter) providing information for providers and other organisations about the help available to the people who have been affected by the terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
Below is information that we have shared with our staff at MSD. You might find it helpful.
- Burial usually takes place within 24 hours of death and families and friends will likely be very concerned about the length of time between the events on Friday and the release of their loved ones for burial.
- People are frightened – especially women and youth. They may not want to leave home so if we can help on the phone – so much the better.
- The Muslim community is not a homogeneous group. People come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, have different languages and slightly different cultural customs.
- There’s likely to be a large group of women who have become widows in traumatic circumstances. Some may not speak English or have a good understanding of New Zealand systems. They may be fearful of government agencies and not understand how things work. They may not be able to drive and may not be familiar with their family’s finances.
- Families might have an urgent need for money for burial and to provide food for people who rally to support them.
- They may need help to fund air fares or other transport-related costs for family coming home.
- If you’re making a time to talk or meet, please check when the person is available – remember prayers are five times a day.