By Lamin Cham
More than 1400 Gambian pilgrims including President Adama Barrow, several cabinet ministers and other officials have started performing the hajj rites in the holy city of Mecca and environs.
Yesterday the President and others toured the holy mosque Kaaba and are expected to be at Arafat today culminating into the slaughtering of sheep on Tobaski day Friday.
That event will officially mark the end of the Hajj.
This year, some 1400 pilgrims are on the pilgrimage from the Gambia packaged by the Gambia International Airlines.
Meanwhile The Standard has learnt the pilgrims will start flying back home early next week when the first flight from Jeddah is due.