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Caribbean news: Reggae celebrations, halal tourism + more

PICTURED: Suleiman Bulbulia

COUNSELLING FOR BOYS AFTER SYRIA

Two Trinidadian boys taken to Syria by their father have been reunited with their mother and given counselling in London and are now wards of state back in Trinidad.

The Trinidad Guardian said the boys, aged seven and 12, were taken to Syria four years ago by their father, who went to ght with Islamic State. After his death, they were returned to their mother.

‘HALAL TOURISM’ PLAN IN BARBADOS

The Secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association has been sharing plans for a local brand of “halal tourism”. Suleiman Bulbulia has worked with tourism officials to focus on attracting Muslim tourists, a growing market.

He said: “We have a Muslim community that has been here for over 100 years. We have the institutions and amenities that cater to these tourists. What is required is a concerted effort to make it achievable.”

AIRLINE TO START ROUTE TO SURINAME

Suriname has secured its first new international air service in more than a decade. Copa Airlines will provide non-stop flights from its Panama hub to Suriname. The international aviation consultancy firm which secured the deal described Suriname as an investment in the “nascent Paramaribo market”.

MONTH OF REGGAE CELEBRATIONS

The Jamaican government will put up JA$25illion (£143,850) to create an international Reggae Music Museum and JA$15m for Reggae Month celebrations this month. The investment follows the UNESCO registration of reggae as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Other activities include a Reggae Gold Awards event.

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