Two Ghanaian pilgrims perished in Saudi Arabia this year, according to Hamza Farouk, the Ghana Hajj Board’s director of finance.
The two were among the 3069 pilgrims who made the Hajj this year.
According to Farouk, the two—a male and a female—died of natural causes as they left Mecca for the Hajj.
Farouk said in a statement to the media in Accra, “We started the preparation barely six weeks to the Hajj.
Normally, this exercise takes six months.
Therefore, there were many people who had misgivings at one point and felt it would never be possible, but Insha Allah, it was a success.
“We have managed to go with our entire quota of 3069 pilgrims. Everybody except two pilgrims is back home safely. And the first schedules were kept as planned. They both died of natural causes; the male and female, they both died of natural causes.”
Hamza Farouk added that individuals who couldn’t attend the Hajj will receive refunds.
“In fact, we left roughly a hundred pilgrims behind, and we have taken steps to fully reimburse their money.”
Using this occasion, he continued, “We are asking any pilgrims who may have paid to us but couldn’t make it for one or two reasons to submit their application for refund as soon as possible.
We have a window of approximately one week to process all of these applications accompanied by the required paperwork or payment proof”.