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This Comic Of The New Zealand Silver Fern Made Up Of The Christchurch Muslims Praying Has Gone Viral

"There were a lot of silhouettes to draw. It brought home to me the death toll and the destruction one man can do with the right weapons."

Posted on March 19, 2019, at 1:04 p.m. ET

Following the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, a cartoonist for an Australian newspaper drew a beautiful tribute for the victims.

Pat Campbell, who drew the cartoon for the Canberra Times, told BuzzFeed News that he has friends in Christchurch and owns a small block of land just outside the city.

"We love the area," he said.

Campbell said he hadn’t slept well, and was lying in bed when the idea came to him.

"I was thinking of the silver fern and thinking the pinnae (the individual bits coming off the stem) looked like figures, a similar number to the number of victims," he said.

He then decided to draw the fern but with the silhouettes of people praying, he said.

He drew 49 figures, the same number as the initial death toll.

"There were a lot of silhouettes to draw," Campbell said. "They just kept coming. It brought home to me the death toll and the destruction one man can do with the right weapons."

He has since updated his cartoon with 50 figures.

When this image was drawn on Saturday morning, the death toll was 49. Since then it has risen to 50 so I have added another figure. Below is a link to a hi-rez version for those wanting to use the image for themselves or nonprofit fundraising for victims https://t.co/dzEsjUNTNZ

The image has gone viral online.

New Zealand's iconic silver fern is beautifully redrawn as Muslims in different stages of prayer. (By Pat Campbell, the Canberra Times). #NewZealand

Campbell said that the responses to the image have been positive but sad.

"I did the image, I guess, for myself, but it has resonated with others as well. I'm glad if the image brings comfort or poignancy to people," he said.

"For me, it was about people doing their own thing, not harming anyone," he said. "The fern is about people coming together, as one. The fern tied to New Zealand, and they weren't just Muslims, they were New Zealanders."

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