The global health & hygiene committee of NRNA and Non-resident Nepali Association New Zealand Inc. has expressed compassionate condolences to the grieving families of the victims of the mass slaughter in New Zealand on Friday, March 15 where 51 lives were cut short.

Their joint statement also express outright condemnations to the gun violence that took away innocent human lives at the place of their worship.

“Barely a year has gone by since the school shooting in Florida, USA when 17 innocent children were massacred and when the global health committee of NRNA had joined the march against the gun violence around the world, another horrendous tragic incident rocked the civilized society–caused by gun,” says the statement.

Those who died in New Zealand massacre were the children, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and brothers and sisters just like ours and yours. Millions of Nepali are migrants in another country around the world just like the victims of the New Zealand gun violence. The Nepali community feel for their loss and agony.

“We renounce and abhor gun violence in the place of worship, schools, public places and in any place for that matter. No one can abrogate the right to life,” says the joint statement.

Hatred against any community and group has no place in civilized community. Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives and we feel the pain and sufferings of the family members, relatives and friends of those who lost their loved ones. As we did a year ago, we again — and more emphatically — call out to those in the authorities to enact common sense gun control so that this kind of massacre is prevented! This is mentioned in the statement.

The statement is signed by Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota, the chair of the health and hygiene committee of NRNA, Mr. Baburaja Maharjan, NRNA ICC Honorary member and the founding president of NRNA New Zealand Inc. and Mr. Ghana Shyam Sapkota, the current president of NRNA New Zealand Inc.