Rabiya Jaffery

Rabiya Jaffery is an author at Religion News Service.

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COVID hajj restrictions leave streets of Mecca empty, pilgrimage businesses in trouble

July 31, 2020

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (RNS) — As much as a quarter of the economy around Mecca relies on tourism and pilgrimages. Pandemic restrictions — which cut hajj pilgrims from millions to thousands — mean lost income for local businesses and residents.

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