Italy: Abruzzo Muslims mobilizing to donate blood

Italy: Abruzzo Muslims mobilizing to donate blood

The Muslim community in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, victim of a massive earthquake on Monday, says it is quickly mobilising to help the victims by donating blood at local hospitals. At least 90 people reportedly died in the quake.

"We heard that hospitals needed blood and thus I am coordinating with the Muslims in the area so they can donate it, and I ask all Muslims of the area to help the victims in any way necessary," said Mustafa Badstami, spokesman of Abruzzo's small Muslim community in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

The Moroccan-born Badstami also said the mosque in San Nicolo was not damaged and said so far there have not been any Muslim casualties in the quake.

"What I can say is that the mosque in San Nicolo in the province of Teramo was not damaged, and we also have no news about Muslim victims. We can say the same about the mosques in the surrounding area of Avezzano."

However, Badstami also said he is trying to find out whether there were any Muslim casualties or damage to the mosques and an Islamic centre in the city of Chieti and the small town of Vasto, located on the Adriatic coast.


Source: AKI (English)

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