A group of Filipinos lost nearly US$11,000 worth of cash and valuables to burglars while on the five-day hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, from August 19-23.
While the pilgrims were out of their hotel, the Manarat, in Mecca, unidentified burglars forcibly entered their rooms, Business Mirror reported.
When the Filipino pilgrims returned to the hotel, they saw their rooms had been ransacked and valuables were missing. According to Dimapuno Datu Ramos Jr, media head of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the thieves took a total of 124,000 pesos (about $2,300) and 19,500 riyals ($5,200) in cash.
In addition, the Filipinos lost laptops, watches, tablets and smartphones worth a total of 154,000 pesos. Various jewelry items worth 62,000 pesos were also taken. The NCMF Bureau of External Relations said the missing cash and valuables amounted to 574,000 pesos ($10,760) in value.
More than 6,000 Filipinos took part in the five-day hajj in Mecca. That is only a small fraction of the more than 2 million pilgrims from many parts of the world.