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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

marine accident in zanzibar

Muslim Community Organisation in Tanzania, commonly known as Istiqama, has formed a special committee to identify and provide assistance to victims of last weekend’s marine accident in Zanzibar.
The accident involved a ferry boat, MV Spice Islander, which was sailing from Unguja island to Pemba island on Saturday midnight.
Istiqama Tanzania chairman Sheikh Seif Ally Alhabsi said the committee had been specifically tasked with identifying the number of women who had lost their husbands and children who lost their parents.
The cleric said the focus was on women and children due to the fact that the two groups were the most affected in the major marine accident.
Shekh Alhabsi, who went to console the victims of the accident in Zanzibar, said the Muslim community had been shocked by the sad news of the tragedy.
He said that the aim and purpose of the move was adding to ongoing efforts geared to help children and women mostly hit by the accident to get humanitarian support to restart their lives.
“The community has been shocked by the tragedy, which has resulted in a heavy loss of lives. We have lost our leaders, especially schoolchildren, thus it’s our responsibility to help the widows and orphans,” he said.
The cleric said Muslims in the country joined the relatives and friends in Zanzibar during this difficult moment. He also used the opportunity to send condolence messages to Union President Jakaya Kikwete and Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.

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