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Kenyans sneak into Somalia for prayers as mosques o


By NATION TEAM
Monday May 4, 2020

Mandera Governor Ali Roba - on April 22, 2020 - expresses his support for the government's efforts in curbing the spread of coronavirus. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Mandera Governor Ali Roba - on April 22, 2020 - expresses his support for the government's efforts in curbing the spread of coronavirus. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP


From Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Palestine and many other parts of the world including Kenya, mosques are unusually quiet as calls to evening prayers reverberate across the streets, urging worshippers to pray at their homes.

But as places of worship remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the situation is different in Somalia as mosques remain open during this holy month of Ramadhan.

The country, which has 671 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths, is yet to close its mosques, where large gatherings are witnessed during prayers.

The Nation has now established that Kenyans in Mandera are sneaking into Somalia to perform Taraweeh — nightly prayers.

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Government officials are also looking out for the trend in border counties such a Wajir and Garissa.

Wajir has reported two Covid-19 cases, which were imported from Somalia. The two traders, who hail from Garissa, had travelled for a livestock trading trip before they were intercepted by security agencies in Diff, at the Kenya-Somalia border, on their way back to Kenya.

From Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Palestine and many other parts of the world including Kenya, mosques are unusually quiet as calls to evening prayers reverberate across the streets, urging worshippers to pray at their homes.

But as places of worship remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the situation is different in Somalia as mosques remain open during this holy month of Ramadhan.

The country, which has 671 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths, is yet to close its mosques, where large gatherings are witnessed during prayers.

The Nation has now established that Kenyans in Mandera are sneaking into Somalia to perform Taraweeh — nightly prayers.

Government officials are also looking out for the trend in border counties such a Wajir and Garissa.

Wajir has reported two Covid-19 cases, which were imported from Somalia. The two traders, who hail from Garissa, had travelled for a livestock trading trip before they were intercepted by security agencies in Diff, at the Kenya-Somalia border, on their way back to Kenya.



 





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