Help Young Family Victimized by Terrorist Attack

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Raised by 706 people in 1 month
Created March 15, 2019
On March 15th 2019 (New Zealand time), my friend Alta was cooking in her kitchen, in their new place when she got a call from her husband, Jul. It wasn't clear until the second call, minutes later, that there had been an attack of some kind at Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, where he had just gone with their toddler for Friday prayers. Jul was shot in multiple places on his body while sheilding his son from the gunfire. He has a drain in his lung, and extensive damage elsewhere. He survived, but is still in poor condition and will require more surgery. Alta was reunited with her 2 1/2 year old baby, Averroes, after hours of searching for information. He has a gunshot wound to his leg and backside and is currently in surgery. He is traumatized from this tragic event, but Alta has so much gratitude for their survival. This young family recently relocated from Indonesia, which is Jul's homeland. Jul is a talented, hardworking artist. Alta is an American who has lived in Indonesia for many years and had a dream to settle in New Zealand with her family. She has been doing freelance work online to make ends meet and help transition from Indonesia to New Zealand. I am asking for your support for this family who is now reeling from this insidious attack. Alta will now have to cease much of her work while she cares for her husband and son. Since they are new to the area, they have no family and friends near them for emotional or financial support. The picture shown is a recent one taken on such a happy day and they felt at peace in NZ. Please help alleviate their financial stress as they heal from this nightmare. The money will be used for uncovered medical and household expenses while the couple restabilizes, and to alleviate the financial stress until Alta and Jul can work again. All donations will go directly to the family and Alta Sacra is the direct beneficiary. I, Jodi Puhalla, from the US(friend of the family) serve only as the campaign organizer. Let's help restore their peace and counteract this horrible act of violence.
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Quick Update:

1. My son, Averroès (aka: Roès) was cleared to resume normal activities after an appointment with his pediatric surgeon, following a six day hospital stay, one surgery, and a week and a half of daily home visits from nurses to care for his wounds. He has some follow up appointments scheduled and will have a lot of scars, but is otherwise physically okay at this stage.

2. My husband, Zulfirman Syah (aka: Jul) was discharged from the hospital several days ago, following a two week stay and multiple surgeries. His range of complex injuries means a lengthy recovery. He has daily visits from home health aides and wound specialists who are providing him the care that he needs. He has no intention to resume use of social media or personal phone/email communication for the foreseeable future.

While we appreciate everyone's concern and thank those who have supported us in so many ways, we (including my sister Leah Jaia, who is authorized to speak on our behalf) won't be going into detail about any of the injuries sustained or responding to individual messages and comments asking for a status update for either Roès or Jul. Our focus, as it should be, is on our small family and working through the recovery process one day at a time.

Getting through our day to day life requires all of my energy. Posting updates often means taking time away from more important things, hence the infrequent nature of them. I know that snippets of what I say will continue to appear in news articles around the globe and that virtually no one can be trusted with the content of private messages/conversations and that they have a high likelihood of being leaked to the media (which has already happened repeatedly). Dealing with all of that since day one has been exhausting.

Further, beyond the physical injuries sustained, we haven't been afforded the time or space to process the emotional and psychological impact of these events as of yet because there is simply no time.

Please let us heal in our own way.

Thank you ❤
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Good news, Alhamdulillah!

1. My sister, Leah Jaia arrived yesterday and it has been an amazing support to have here. This is the first time she and my son have met face-to-face, and the first time I have seen her since 2014. His first words to her were "Auntie Leah! I love you!" You'll see a photo of the two of them attached.

2. My son, Averroes was discharged from the hospital earlier today and is in good spirits despite still requiring ongoing at-home medical care.

3. I have had the opportunity to meet with a lot of incredibly supportive people from the global Muslim community this week, including Omar Suleiman, a delegation of representatives from the various Indonesian Muslim Societies throughout New Zealand, numerous groups from other locations, and of course the many Muslims and non-Muslims that have taken the time to stop by and visit or express their care and concern for my family. We will never forget you.

4. Yesterday we had the pleasure of a sit-down with PM Jacinda Ardern, who was exactly as we expected her to be: full of grace, compassion, and empathy, coupled with a willingness tackle the unmet needs of individuals and the entire nation.

5. To everyone who has donated, prayed, sent well-wishes, positive vibes, and especially to those complete strangers who were kind, decent human beings in moments of crisis: THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts <3 <3 <3

6. Last, but not least, it is very likely that my husband, Zulfirman Syah, will be released sometime next week, with an extensive at-home treatment plan. I will keep you updated.

Wherever you are, please join us for two minutes of silence at 1:32pm NZDT (7:32am Friday WIB, 8:32pm Thursday EST)
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Update @ 18:50 NZDT - Saturday, March 16th
Message from Alta:
First, I want to thank everyone for their kind words, concern, and assistance. We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from far and wide. Given the volume of messages I have received and the incessant requests from media outlets, I am unable to respond to everyone who sends me a message. I will do my best to make a public post whenever there is something that we choose to share and I have the time and energy to share it.

- Zulfirman Syah (my husband) shielded our son during the attack at Linwood Islamic Centre, which caused him to receive most of the bullets and much more complex injuries than our son. He is in stable condition following the extensive exploratory and reconstructive surgery he had earlier today. While he is still in the intensive care unit at this stage, he will be moved to the general ward whenever it is deemed appropriate (likely in the next day or so). While the road to recovery will be long, his condition has only improved since he arrived at the hospital yesterday. This afternoon he had a visit from the Indonesian ambassador, which lifted his spirits.

- Averroes (our son) sustained minor injuries and had surgery this morning to extract some shrapnel while checking for internal injuries. He is recovering nicely and has been cheerful while keeping the staff on the children's ward entertained with his talkative and energetic nature.

I am grateful that my family members are alive, as many lives were lost during these attacks. Please keep those people in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you <3
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