E3: Together

From Widows of Shuhada, 6:00 am on 10 March 2020

Farah Talal, Sanjida Jaman Neha and Muhubo Ali Jama gather together in a Christchurch house. Although they share the title Widow of Shuhada, this is the first time they have properly met.

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Farah, Neha and Asma Azhar, Widows of Shuhada series contributor and the woman who adopted Neha into her own family when she first arrived.

Photo: Photo / Janneth Gil

Farah, Neha and Asma Azhar, Widows of Shuhada series contributor and the woman who adopted Neha into her own family when she first arrived, discuss raising daughters without their fathers. Farah says "Our daughters are going to grow in the absence and the shade of their fathers, and they will only get to know them through our stories and memories, and the eyes of people, and their love."

Neha came to New Zealand from Bangladesh after her husband died in the attacks.

Photo: Photo / Janneth Gil

Neha came to New Zealand from Bangladesh after her husband died in the attacks. As she cries, she says "When I was giving birth to Noor, that was the hardest time of my life because no one was around, other than Asma. I never thought that I would be in a situation like this, giving birth to a child in a foreign land, with a foreign person."

Asma and Farah.

Photo: Photo / Janneth Gil

Asma and Farah, who says "We have to make sure that we spread love, and teach children from a very young age the beauty of diversity and that it's fine if you look different, or believe different."

Widows and the team making this series share some powerful moments as they recover from the aftermath of the attacks.

Photo: Photo / Janneth Gil

Widows and the team making this series share some powerful moments as they recover from the aftermath of the attacks.

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