Diocese's solidarity with Sudanese targeted by arsonists

The Toowoomba Catholic Social Justice Commission is supporting members of the local Sudanese community, as police guard the scene of a suspicious house fire that claimed the life of a Sudanese woman and her teenage daughter.

CLICK HEREThe ABC reports that forensic officers are still collecting evidence from the duplex in the south Toowoomba suburb of Kearney Springs.

Police say dental records will be needed to identify the victims of Tuesday night's blaze.

A 21-year-old man survived the fire and is being treated in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra hospital for head injuries.

Toowoomba's 800-strong Sudanese community has been shocked by the incident and are mourning the loss.

The Catholic Social Justice Commission's Mark Copland liases with Sudanese elders regularly and says it is a close-knit community.

"These people have escaped war, torture, trauma so it's a tragedy to have lost their lives in the peaceful surrounds of Toowoomba," he said.

Police say no-one has yet been charged over the fire.

Fatal house fire site under police guard (ABC Queensland 24/11/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Social Justice Commission - Diocese of Townsville

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25 Nov 2005