Many feared Dead In Zanzibar Ferry Disaster

While rescue teams have suspended the search because of darkness on Saturday night, Mohammed Aboud, the Minister for Emergency Situations of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of the Republic of Tanzania, revealed the preliminary death toll of one of the worst shipwreck in the past ten years: at least 190 dead.

At least 193 people died in the sinking of overloaded MV Spice Islander ferry carrying over 800 people between two touristic islands of Zanzibar archipelago in Indian Ocean on Friday night. MV Spice Islander capsized and sank 3 hours after departing from Zanzibar’s Unguja island bound for Pemba island.

Rescue teams suspended the search because of darkness Saturday night. Tanzania’s Minister for Emergency Situations Aboud Mohammed announced that the incident in one of the worst in the history of Africa.
“The new (still) provisional number of deaths raised to 193 and makes this accident one of the worst shipwreck in Africa over the past decade.”

Spice Islander ferry pictured in 2009. The ship capsided and sank Friday night killing hundreds. 

“It’s a great tragedy for the people of Zanzibar and the Tanzanian in general,” said President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. The president announced three days of national mourning starting as of Sunday.

According to Aboud, the rescue teams managed to rescue 612 people Saturday.

These figures show that the ferry was carrying more people than originally predicted by Zanzibar authorities who initially announced on Saturday that about 600 passengers were on board a ferry connecting Unguja and Pemba, the two main islands of the archipelago.

The exact number of persons on board such vessels is often difficult to ascertain in the absence of a reliable system of registration of passengers.

O Allah, forgive  forgive them and make  themamong the guided ones, raise there status and be there deputy among the grieving. O Lord of the two worlds, forgive us and them and make there graves wide and full of light” Ameen!!



CANADA DAY 144 Years Old

Canada was established as a self governing country on July 1st, 1867. 

There were places called Canada before official Confederation, though. Really, Canada dates back to 1535, when Jacques Cartier first discovered it. However, even before that Canada was inhabited by the Aboriginals. They called it kanata , hence the name Canada.
Based on July 1st 2011 Canada is 144 years old.

Hajj – Pilgrimage To Mecca

Hajj – Pilgrimage To Mecca

The fifth pillar of Islam is to make a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, at least once in one’s lifetime. This pillar is obligatory for every Muslim, male or female, provided that he/she is physically and financially able to do so.

Prerequisites for performing the Hajj are to be a Muslim, to be free, to be an adult or mature enough, to be of sound mind, and to have the ability to afford the journey and maintain one’s dependents back home for the duration. The reward for the Hajj is nothing less than Paradise.

The Hajj is the ultimate form of worship, as it involves the spirit of all the other rituals and demands of the believer great sacrifice. On this unique occasion, nearly two million Muslims from all over the globe meet one another in a given year. Regardless of the season, pilgrims wear special clothes (Ihram) – two, very simple, unsown white garments – which strips away all distinctions of wealth, status, class and culture; all stand together and equal before Allah (God).

The rites of Hajj, which go back to the time of Prophet Abraham who built the Ka’bah, are observed over five or six days, beginning on the eighth day of the last month of the year, named Dhul-Hijjah (pilgrimage). These rites include circumambulating the Ka’bah (Tawaf), and going between the mountains of Safa and Marwah, as Hajar (Abraham’s wife) did during her search for water for her son Isma’il. Then the pilgrims stand together on the wide plain of Arafah and join in prayers for God’s forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Last Judgment. The pilgrims also cast stones at a stone pillar which represents Satan. The pilgrimage ends with a festival, called Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers, the sacrifice of an animal, and the exchange of greetings and gifts in Muslim communities everywhere.



Wana Zancana mnajulishwa kuwa kutakua na General Meeting katika offisi zake hapo 1752B Victoria Park. Shime kila mwana chama hai kufika na alokua sihai atimize kulipa ada zake. Tarehe 26 june; Saa 4 asubuhi.

General meeting ni:

 kupitia yale yote yalopita nyuma

Maendeleo tulopata

Kuangalia kama tun hitaji kufanya uchaguzi mwengine

Kumudu Ofisi

Kama kunahitaji kubadilisha katiba.

Sabaha Muchacho aburudisha Toronto

Baada ya tangazo hilo tunatoa shukran kwa wote walo huduria katika hafla ya Sabahi alotumbuiza mjini Toronto.

Sabaha Muchacho aliwafurahisha wapenzi wa Tarrabu waliofika katika sherehe ya RAHATUL LAYL  (Usiku wa raha) mjini Toronto Canada.

Wapenzi wataraabu kutoka Toronto na vitongoji vyake walihudhuria hafla hiyo.

Wapenzi wakila aina kutoka Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi , Somali na hata wenyeji wa Canada

Zanzibar-Canadian Association (ZANCANA)

Zanzibar-Canadian Association (ZANCANA)

1752B Victoria Park Ave.
North York, ON, Canada M1R 1R4
Tel: (647)340-2005



Zanzibar-Canadian Association (ZANCANA, in short) is a community organization for people with Zanzibari origin presently living in Canada. Zanzibar is made up of two main islands (Unguja and Pemba) and several smaller ones off the coast of East Africa.

Welcome means KARIBU in the Swahili vernacular. Zanzibar is the majestic spice island of the East Africa in Indian Ocean.These are two main islands of Unguja and Pemba. Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phonecians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into the present fusion

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