Thousands of Sufi Muslim pilgrims gathered in Senegal’s capital of Dakar Friday for the first time since 2019 without COVID-related restrictions.
The followers of the Layene Sufi Muslim brotherhood, dressed in long white cotton robes, met in the Camberene district in the northeast of the city.
The annual pilgrimage was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senegalese Muslim brotherhood, founded by Seydina Limamou Laye, advocates unity and equality.
Senegal is nearly 95% Muslim with most followers belonging to one of four main Sufi brotherhoods — the Mouride, Tidiane, Layene and Khadre.