Horrific Blaze Unites Cultures in Rituals of Grief

His journey from a small town in the West African country of Mali took 24 hours. The bodies of his children waited for him at a funeral home. Two others were hospitalized. Soon after landing, he went to a mosque in the Bronx, where thousands prayed.

There the father, Moussa Magassa, was joined by Mamadou Soumare, who lost three children and his wife. So many came to pray with them that dozens of mourners had to kneel on the freezing pavement ... Full Story »

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by Oliver Jones - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a sensitively written and well researched piece: the best of urban journalism. It mourns the death by fire of nine Muslim African immigrants (eight little kids and the mother of three of them) by describing with great honor the funeral rites to be followed.

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