Al­lah, we pray you send rains to Wa­jir faith­ful

Re­li­gious, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers at­tend prayer event dur­ing wors­en­ing wa­ter short­age

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Wa­jir res­i­dents yes­ter­day con­gre­gated at the Ora­hey open grounds in Wa­jir town to pray for rain to curb bit­ing drought and wa­ter short­age.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, tra­di­tion­ally re­ferred to as Salatul Istisqa, they sought in­ter­ces­sion from Al­lah. Re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, led by Gov­er­nor Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi, were present.

Sheikh Mo­hamed Mo­hamud said when God with­holds rain, it is a trial for every­one, whether Mus­lim, Chris­tian, Hindu or Jew. “Whether a woman, man, child, an­i­mal, bird or fish, drought dev­as­tates all liv­ing things and pop­u­la­tions,” he said.

He de­plored a Fri­day at­tack in which six peo­ple were killed and two se­ri­ously in­jured in Baqala at the El­das-Wa­jir West bor­der. Mo­hamud urged the war­ring par­ties to shun vi­o­lence and seek di­a­logue to re­solve cross-bor­der con­flicts so they can avoid loss of life.

Ab­dul­lahi said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­creased emer­gency fund­ing and spends Sh1 mil­lion per day to re­duce suf­fer­ing caused by drought. He said the county will con­tinue pro­vid­ing ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties for vic­tims and urged res­i­dents to pray so God can an­swer them.

Ab­dul­lahi urged res­i­dents of El­das and Wa­jir West sub­coun­ties to stop tak­ing the law into their own hands, in­stead of pur­su­ing peace­ful ways to re­solve their dif­fer­ences.

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Camels loaded with jer­ri­cans of wa­ter in Harakhotkhot vil­lage, Wa­jir South. Wa­jir county ex­pe­ri­ences se­vere drought

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