The political and social unrest in the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar since the beginning of this year intensified last week end with riots taking place which has affected many businesses including several of our community members. There are reports several officers in a military camp near the capital Antananarivo have mutinied and refusing to take orders from the government.
Madagascar is in the grip of a fierce struggle between Andry Rajoelina and President Marc Ravalomanana which has brought the worst political crisis and civil unrest for years. At least 135 people are reported to have died during the unrest since the beginning of this year.
According to Reuters "The U.N. has decided to put Rajoelina under their protection in a diplomatic residence," U.N. mediator for Madagascar, Drame Tiebile, told reporters late on Monday.
During these troubled times in Madagascar, The World Federation urges all Mumineen to continue to pray for the protection of our brethren there and for peace to reign once again.
Yasin Rahim, Secretary General said: 'This is a very worrying development in a continuing crisis which affects our community in Madagascar. We call upon all our brothers and sisters to please pray for Mumineen there, who face these problems in these worrying times. We will be discussing this with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK and writing to the French Embassy to ask them to help resolve this crisis. Let us pray to Allah (swt) to protect our community members and all of humanity, Ameen.'
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