The Government has announced a million-dollar fund to help support victims and families of the Christchurch Mosque attack on March 15.
It’s one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission, but victims say it’s too little – and two years too late.
Friday’s announcement promising more money and more help couldn’t have come any sooner.
“[We’re going] to make sure Government departments that are meant to be supporting that community deal with the ongoing trauma of terror attack, actually get the support they need,” NZSIS Minister Andrew Little said.
The Muslim community welcomes the announcement, which will fast-track the implementation of a number of the Royal Commission’s recommendations – but they’re keen to see the Government walk the talk.
“We have enough talk, we have enough planning, this is time to action,” victim Sheikh Rubel tells Newshub.
Many victims say the response has been slow and inadequate, but the Government is on the defence.
“COVID got in the way. There were lockdowns and so things that were happening at the time things stopped happening and nobody picked it up again,” Little said.
“We’ve got to pick it up and make sure that support is there.”
There are now calls for ACC to help not only the physically injured, but also victims suffering mental trauma.
“That does mean changing the law around ACC and that is a big exercise to do,” Little said.
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