X
X

Walking To Mecca (Part 3): A Lavish Feast And A Run-In With The Taliban

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

It was another week of stumbling into the unknown for a group of seven men attempting to make the long trek from Tajikistan to Mecca entirely by foot.

"A rather uneasy encounter with the Taliban, running into a NATO forces' checkpoint, and a lavish dinner at the Balkh governor's residence," group head Abdulaziz Rajabov says as he lists the highlights of the week.

At the beginning of their quest to make it to this October's hajj, the group told us they would be depending on chance and the kindness of strangers. This week, it seems, things were going their way.

Following a sightseeing tour in the historic city of Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan's northern Balkh Province, the group received an unexpected invitation to dine with the provincial governor, Atta Muhammad Noor, according to Rajabov.

He suspects news of the pilgrims' appearance in Mazar-e Sharif, where the men were spending their nights in mosques and had met many locals, must have reached the governor by word of mouth.

NATO Troops

To read the full story

Written and reported by Farangis Najibullah, with additional reporting by Tajik Service correspondent Mumin Ahmadi.

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Walking To Mecca (Part 3): A Lavish Feast And A Run-In With The Taliban

1 / 1
X
> <