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US Islamic charities in trouble

For many American Muslim charities, the fallout from 11 September 2001 continues to this day. Groups set up to assist impoverished peoples in areas such as the West Bank, Chechnya and Afghanistan are struggling to hold on to their base support, according to several representatives of the Muslim American community. Ladale George, a Chicago-based attorney who advises more than 30 American Muslim charities, said there has been an estimated 40% reduction in financial support since 11 September for the groups he represents. He attributed the problem to widespread concerns among donors that Islamic charities with global operations are still heavily scrutinised by law enforcement agencies. “I think the biggest reason for the drop off is a fear that the unproven allegations made against the [Muslim] charities will be levelled against the donors,” George said. Full Story

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