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First shelter for Muslim refugees opens in Tijuana, Mexico

The Latina Muslim Foundation have opened a mosque and refugee empowerment middle. The middle is supposed to deal with 150 refugees at one time.

TIJUANA, Baja California — With the rising variety of Muslim migrants in Tijuana, advocates raised money for a refugee shelter that lastly opened its doorways Saturday. 

With the assistance of the Latina Muslim Foundation that is the primary Muslim refugee shelter in Mexico. While Tijuana has a number of Mosques across the metropolis, this can be a housing shelter that additionally features a place for prayers.

Its meant to accommodate 150 migrants and so they can keep on the shelter for as much as three months.

Living in a predominantly Catholic nation the place you aren’t aware of the world or the language could be a scary time for any Muslim refugee residing in a migrant shelter in Tijuana. 

“The culture is different and the language is very different, so everything is just really hard,” stated Salarzai. 

Ilyas Salarzai from Afghanistan who’s 21-years-old has been coping with simply that, he’s Muslim and prays 5 instances a day.

Salarzai says Mexico has been supportive, however being Muslim in this nation can generally make it inconceivable for him to observe Islam.  

He says it is as a result of there are some migrants who don’t care to grasp his tradition and faith, making him really feel unsafe to carry out his each day prayers.

With the shortage of resources and help for Muslim households, Latina Muslim Foundation have opened a mosque and refugee empowerment middle.

It’s in a warehouse about ten minutes away from the border and transformed right into a two-story shelter with places of work for social staff and legal professionals, a kitchen, restrooms, house for medical house, and a prayer room stocked with copies of the Quran. 

This shelter will present a spot to hope whereas additionally providing housing and authorized help.  

“It came with a lot of challenges, being Muslim and a Latina in Tijuana trying to build a Muslim shelter was very difficult,” stated Sonia Garcia, the president of Latina Muslim Foundation.

Every year the variety of Muslim refugees residing in Tijuana grows bigger. Some of them dwell right here by selection and  others have both fled their nation or are deportees looking for asylum.

Which is why this weekend the 8,000 sq. ft. shelter opened its doorways and housed 30 migrants coming from Pakistan, Kenya, Afghanistan and different international locations. 

“It is a Muslim shelter, but anyone is invited to be in this shelter. Everyone who is looking for shelter is welcomed.” stated Salarzai.

WATCH RELATED: Volunteers arrange ‘assist space’ inside Tijuana International Airport to help Ukrainian refugees (April 2022).

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