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Communities come together in London to break Ramadan fast

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:02

Londoners of all faiths and backgrounds gather at an open Iftar event to break the Ramadan fast and celebrate diversity. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Londoners from a variety of faith backgrounds have been gathering to break the Ramadan fast at a series of Iftar events, run by a group that hopes to bring together disparate elements of British society. Hours after a man drove a van into worshippers outside a north London mosque just a few miles away, injuring 11 people, hundreds of the capital's residents came together to eat dates and drink water at sunset to end a fast that began at dawn. Organisers serve food to up to 360 people a night from a wide range of Muslim countries, this year including dishes from Pakistan and Turkey. "Those people (who attend are), not just Muslim but from across the world, from different countries, from different beliefs. And people who don't even believe are here. But sitting together, eating together and actually realising that we're all in this together and we're part of the human race," said one of the guests. Baroness Warsi, a campaigner on integration, was attending the Open Iftar for the first time, and said the event was especially important because people "need to try even harder to make sure that we pull together". "It is important at a time when we feel as a nation a sense of unease between communities that all of us do our bit to create a sense of ease," said Warsi, a former government minister who was the first Muslim to be appointed to the British cabinet. The gathering is meant to show how people from different backgrounds can unite in a common cause through shared understanding. Following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London its inclusive mission has taken on an extra and urgent potency.

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Communities come together in London to break Ramadan fast

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 01:02