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Funds Raised to Rebuild Mosque in Savannah

November 2003
Funds Raised to Rebuild Mosque in Savannah

The University of Georgia's Pakistani Student Association (PSA) organized a fund-raising dinner at the Tate Student Center to rebuild a mosque in Savannah which had burned down due to a suspected case of arson.

The dinner was supported by people of many backgrounds raised $2,100. Sophia Qureshi, a senior from Alpharetta and president of PSA said, "We are coming together in an effort to show that we stand in solidarity against all crimes of hate ? regardless of creed, class, religion, or nationality."

Three weeks prior to the fire, five bullets were fired into the same house. Also, members of the Muslim community in Savannah have received threatening letters. Sophia pointed out that hate crimes against Muslims have been more prevalent since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She stressed that it was important for all South Asians to take a stand against these reprehensible acts of violence and hate.

The PSA is still accepting donations to help rebuild the mosque in Savannah. Please contact Sophia by e-mail at sophia@uga.edu

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