COVID-19: Italian Muslims Grapple with Lack of Burial Areas

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As national and international travels remain banned at the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Muslims in Italy are struggling to find a place to bury the bodies of their dead.

In a country of 2.6 million Muslims, representing 4.3 percent of population according to 2018 census, only 50 of the nearly 8,000 Italian municipalities have dedicated spaces for Muslims inside their cemeteries.

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This has caused “a dramatic situation in Italy, with several corpses left on hold in mortuaries as there are no Islamic cemeteries where they could be buried,” said Abdallah Redouane, secretary-general of the Great Mosque of Rome, Arab News reported.

Most of the spaces for Islamic burials in public cemeteries are located in the Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions.

The situation was even more serious in the north of Italy, the area most affected by the coronavirus.

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