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Lives forever changed by Christchurch shootings

Burying loved ones brought relief to many families, but reminders of their losses are never far away, from an empty seat at a dinner table to the prospect of Ramadan celebrations in a few weeks.

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In an attack broadcast live on Facebook, a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on March 15, killing 50 worshippers and wounding dozens of people. (Reuters)

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Burying loved ones brought relief to many families, but reminders of their losses are never far away, from an empty seat at a dinner table to the prospect of Ramadan celebrations in a few weeks. (Reuters)

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On the day of the shootings, one of the survivors Faisal was late to the mosque. When the gunman burst in and started shooting worshippers at prayer, Faisal was in the bathroom and somehow managed to hide from the gunman. What he saw and heard that day haunts him. He struggles to focus at work and suffers nightmares. (Reuters)

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Several weeks after the attack, the lives of survivors and the families of victims have changed irrevocably. Some survivors feel emboldened, others are haunted by memories of the attack and haven't been able to return to the mosque. (Reuters)

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Christchurch attack shook the world and prompted New Zealand government to tighten gun reforms and launch a powerful national inquiry into country's worst massacre till date. (Reuters)

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Alongside sorrow and pain, others feel the close call has reinvigorated their lives. (Reuters)