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Published Time: 25.06.2024 - 23:14:15 Modified Time: 25.06.2024 - 23:14:15

The daughter, Saida Wurie, said she and her brothers had not yet been told where their parents, Isatu and Alieu Wurie, had been buried. She says she plans to travel to Saudi Arabia as soon as she learns where they are. Saudi Arabia


The daughter of one Maryland couple was still searching for answers her parents’ deaths. The State Department said it was possible that more deaths could be confirmed.


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In Maryland, the daughter of one couple was still searching for answers the exact circumstances of her parents’ deaths, and the actions of the tour operator whom the couple had paid tens of thousands of dollars to help them make the trip.

The daughter, Saida Wurie, said she and her brothers had not yet been told where their parents, Isatu and Alieu Wurie, had been buried. She says she plans to travel to Saudi Arabia as soon as she learns where they are.

“Losing a loved one is hard,” she said on Tuesday. “But then not being able to bury them is just an indescribable feeling.”

The couple were among the more than 1,300 who died while making the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, as temperatures reached 120 degrees at times. The Saudi government said that the vast majority of them did not have permits.

Hajj is a deeply spiritual ritual that Muslims are encouraged to perform at least once in their lifetimes, if they are physically and financially able to do so. With nearly two million participating each year, it is not unusual for pilgrims to die from heat stress, illness or chronic disease. It is unclear if the number of deaths this year was higher than usual, because Saudi Arabia does not regularly report those statistics.

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