Patrick Gower is one of the most recognisable faces on New Zealand television. He’s a veteran of Kiwi journalism and has covered many horrible, hard news stories.
But nothing compares to this.
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On New Zealand’s version of The Project, Gower explained how it was an interview with a young man named Abdi on Sunday that finally “broke” him.
“There’s no question that the last 72 hours has changed me. There’s just a mist of extreme grief everywhere in Christchurch,” he explained, describing scenes of loved ones searching for their lost family as “like a warzone”.
Gower explained that Abdi recounted what happened to his three-year-old brother Mucad Ibrahim, the youngest victim of the terrorist attack.
“He said words that I will never forget, ‘Everybody started running, and I just lost the boy’.
“Think of that, think of how horrible that is, not just for the three year old but for the brother,” Gower said.
“And that broke me. It wasn’t because it was really sad, it was because for the first time in my life I really comprehended something that was truly evil.
“I’ve seen evil before through my career but this went deeper… Something truly evil happened to the boy Mucad and it broke me.”
— The Project NZ (@TheProject_NZ) March 18, 2019