By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The first group of 1,523 Togolese Muslim pilgrims will leave the capital Lome Tuesday for Mecca, according the Togolese Muslim Union.
In July, the Togolese National Commission for Hajj took measures to ensure proper organization of the visits to avert the difficult situation faced last year by Togolese pilgrims.
The whole trip to Mecca for each of the pilgrims has been fixed at a cost of 1.8 million FCFA (3,600 U. S. dollars) inclusive of accommodation for one month and shopping in Mecca.
In 2011, close to 1,500 Togolese pilgrims went to Mecca. However, 400 of those pilgrims found themselves in a difficult situation before returning to their country.
To improve the organization of pilgrimage for the Togolese Muslims, the Muslim authorities decided that the measures to be taken will include the construction of a Hajj house at a cost of 2. 5 billion FCFA (5 million dollars).
To achieve the target, the Muslim union has been mobilizing the West African country’s Muslim community to raise funds.