Antwerp: imam calls for blood donations

Nordin Taouil, imam in Antwerp, has called on the Muslim community to donate blood this Friday, saying that Flanders can make good use of Muslim blood.

He would like to see a Red Cross tent put down next to the mosque where Muslims can donate their blood. He says that many immigrants are ready to do so.

Taouil says that the Red Cross is not doing enough for the immigrant community in Flanders. The people would like to help - in Belgium there's a shortage of blood donors - but don't know where to turn to, due to language problems.

The Red Cross denies that it ignores the Muslim community and says it is in talks with their representatives, with the aim of recruiting not only blood donors, but also volunteers.

Source: De Stentor (Dutch)

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