Saturday, November 28, 2009
Faith Alive on Break
While Americans are eating leftover turkey and gearing up for Santa, Nigerians are taking a five-day break for the Muslim holiday Hajj. It’s one of two Islamic ‘biggies’ representing their annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudia Arabia; the other is Ramadan (in September) when they fast during the daylight hours to purify themselves and refocus on Allah.
About 35-40% of Faith Alive patients in Jos are Muslim. The city sits at an invisible yet palpable fault line between northern, Islamic Africa and the southern, Christian countries. While religious tension occasionally erupts into violent massacres, at the clinic Christians and Muslims sit peacefully side-by-side waiting for hope and healing.
(Photo courtesy of Frank Lozano)