This Moroccan man's dream was to perform the hajj in Mecca, so he grabbed his bicycle and started riding there. For four years.
Only a small number of faithful are taking part in this year's hajj, usually one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world. Authorities have dramatically downsized the pilgrimage to prevent fresh virus outbreaks.
Some African Muslims spend a lifetime saving to make the hajj pilgrimage. With the downsizing of this year's hajj due to the coronavirus pandemic, they regret the missed chance and worry about getting a refund.
Every year, some 200,000 Pakistanis travel to Mecca to perform the Hajj, with some even spending all their savings to fulfill their religious duty. But this year, they can only watch a subdued Hajj on their TV screens.
The UN health body made the gloomy prediction as Europe faces the prospect of a second wave of infections. Catch up with the latest about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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