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Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby abuali » 10 Sep 2011, 15:47

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The ship 'Spice Islander' has sunk yesterday night in the waters between Zanzibar and Pemba potentially drowning hundreds of people.

Information has been scarce from local sources however many foreign news services have reported on the tragic event.

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Lets share information and news here and also how we can assist, especially those of us in Zanzibar.
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby abuali » 11 Sep 2011, 10:03

Its surprising that despite the national tragedy, I was told that yesterday night, barely 24hrs after the tragedy, a Miss Tanzania contest went on as planned in Dar es Salaam.

Here, Tanzanians were mourning the loss of innocent lives and another group of 'Tanzanians' were making merry!
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby abuali » 11 Sep 2011, 10:04

I believe we need to ask 'Who is responsible for this tragedy that could have been avoided?'
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby tahadharamsi » 11 Sep 2011, 14:42

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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby Muhammad » 11 Sep 2011, 17:48

Truly it is sad...
Who was responsible? Poverty.
Its a whole system that allows this... SUMATRA (Surface and Marine Authorities) is not allowed to function in Zanzibar as they say it is not a state matter. There is no one to monitor what goes around.
2 days ago i climbed a hiace of 16 passengers from Mtwara to Lindi carrying atleast 28 passengers and no one said anything. ( Dont ask me how we all fit in with our baggages...)
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby Reyhana » 12 Sep 2011, 12:16

''we belong to Allah s.w.t and to HIM is our return''.
A very tragic and sad event and the worst part is that the culprits who are to blame for this will remain unscatched.They should be brought to justice,but alas who cares for justice in todays world? Hasnt POWER and MONEY shut down human's conscience making it a slave of the TEMPORAL WORLD??? May Almighty grant patience to the bereaved families''.amen.Lets pray to Almighty for the quick appearance of the Imam of our time.''
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby Muhammad Mahdi » 12 Sep 2011, 15:12

Very sad indeed. :|

But the blame is not entirely on the authorities. Using Br.Muhammad's eg, (forgive me for saying this ;) )
Had the bus he got on gotten an accident, wouldn't the people on the bus be partly responsible for the overcrowding?

I read that some people got off the boat(dont know how true) when they saw it was being overburdened. Aren't some of the passengers then responsible for the disaster as well?
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Re: Zanzibar: Ship sinks, hundreds dead, rescue efforts ongoing

Postby hgi110 » 13 Sep 2011, 02:46

Salaams
The picture of the submerged ship is that of a Malaysian vessel that sank some times last year. As such I would request that this be removed from the post or a disclaimer posted.
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