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”Moskéer i NYC kämpar att hysa och föda en stor ström av muslimska migranter under Ramadan”

Muslimska organisationer i New York kämpar för att möta stadens migrantbefolkning när fler asylsökande kommer från muslimska afrikanska länder.

Islamic institutions in New York City are stepping up to meet the needs of an increasing number of migrants during Ramadan, hosting iftar dinners and providing shelter. Many mosques have opened their doors during the day to offer rest and support to new arrivals, who often have nowhere else to go. Leaders are making appeals for donations to help provide food, clothing, and other supplies to those in need.

One imam in the Bronx has gone so far as to turn his mosque into an overnight shelter, despite struggling to keep up with utility bills. Asylum seekers from African countries, such as Senegal and Mauritania, are among the largest groups seeking refuge in the city. The surge in migrants has overwhelmed faith-based communities that are already facing financial challenges.

While some initiatives have been put in place to provide support to migrants, the strain on resources remains. Mayor Eric Adams announced a program to fund housing for migrants in faith-based institutions, but only a fraction of the expected beds have been approved. Faith leaders are willing to help but face obstacles such as outdated building regulations that prevent them from expanding their shelter capacities.

In the midst of these challenges, migrants like Malick Thiam and Alphabacar Diallo are grateful for the support they receive from mosques in the city. Despite the difficulties they face, including lack of work authorization and cramped living conditions, they find solace in the community and faith provided by the mosques. The generosity of these institutions is crucial for many migrants who have nowhere else to turn.

Overall, the situation highlights the ongoing struggle to support and accommodate migrants in New York City. Faith-based institutions play a vital role in providing essential services and refuge to those in need, but they also face limitations in resources and regulations. Collaborative efforts between government, community organizations, and faith groups are necessary to address the growing needs of migrants and ensure their safety and well-being.