Muslim acceptance in Laos stark contrast to Myanmar intolerance
The imams of two mosques in Vientiane tell of fair treatment from the communist authorities, while expressing sadness and frustration at the treatment of Rohingya in the country next door
Just over a decade ago the tiny Islamic population of Laos, like Muslims everywhere, watched on in horror as al-Qaeda carried out its suicide attacks on New York and Washington. They were then flabbergasted as a tide of Western opinion turned on them.
PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE: Muhammad Vina bin Ahmad Imam of the Azhar Mosque says his congregation has good relations with the Lao government.
But as time passed the imams of Vientiane's two mosques thought those days had been consigned to history, particularly in Southeast Asia, where al-Qaeda affiliates were dealt with and mostly dismantled.
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