"Seeing them here was actually a sign of the fact that they have moved beyond the religious component and they are serious about doing humanitarian work."
– Giovanni Cassani, head of the camp coordination camp management cluster (CCCM) for the International Organization for Migration
Many were surprised to see Muslim charities lending a hand in Haiti after the earthquake. Generally, they’ve focused on Islamic countries like Indonesia or Pakistan. But, Islamic charities are playing a larger role in the world, and that can be a blessing and a curse. Most do great work to minister to the poor, but some serve as fronts for terrorist organizations. And that poses a policy challenge for the U.S. The government wants to choke off terrorist funds, but still allow faithful Muslims to contribute to charities that do good. It’s a tough needle to thread.
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