Caribbean Net News is reporting that the Barbados Muslim community is offering to bury the as-yet-unidentified eleven bodies removed from the boat found drifting off the island after a disasterous voyage from Senegal. (C Net News link here)
In our opinion, that is a much appreciated offer from our Muslim friends, but we wondered, "How do we know what was the faith of each person?"
Perhaps there was evidence on board the boat, but in any event the CIA Factbook reports that the religious makeup of Senegal is 94% Muslim, 5% Christian and 1% Indigenous beliefs.
During a conversation at last night's prayer meeting, someone asked…
"Suppose some of the bodies are Christian and they were buried in a Muslim ceremony – then what?"
We had to smile at the answer given by Shona's Auntie Moses…
"I think Jesus will probably never no mind."
BFP photo by Shona: Bridgetown, Barbados. Crew members from charter fishing vessel "IOU" look at the death boat as they enter harbour. (IOU Charters website here)
Barbados Free Press – Death Boat Previous Stories…
May 2, 2006 – Death Boat Arrives In Barbados
May 8, 2006 – Barbados Death Boat Was Headed Senegal To Cape Verde Islands
May 15, 2006 – Barbados Death Boat May Have Held 37 People
May 30, 2006 – Barbados Death Boat – Senegal Connection – Global Voices Photos