Thousands pray for rain in Mauritania

2011-09-20 22:44

Nouakchott - Thousands of Mauritanians heeded a call by the president and turned out in the drought-hit northwestern African country to pray for rainfall, an AFP correspondent reported.

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had urged Muslim faithful to flock to their mosques and implore "Allah's blessing" in a bid to end a severe drought that meteorological services say affects the entire country.

Mauritanian Agriculture Baba Dombia said "there was reason for alarm" with very limited and patchy rainfall at this stage of the June-October rainy season and livestock suffering from the drought.

The regional body tasked with combating drought in the Sahel desert said that Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and large parts of Burkina Faso were also affected.

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-21 05:35

    Well that won't work. Their god is much too busy at the moment listening to the flattery of players at the Rugby World Cup and deciding which team teams to support. One hopes that someday sky daddy believers would evolve to the point where they understood that prayers don’t stop bullets, save lives, change the weather or reality, or otherwise do anything constructive for anyone. The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a god that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Do you actually think that God will change his behavior as result of mumbling a few words? Combined prayer just makes the whole exercise even more pathetic.

      capetonian - 2011-09-21 08:11

      For your info - I have just ordered Richard Dawkin's latest book: "The Magic of Reality" which is aimed at younger readers. It should be compulsory reading at all primary schools. Sent an email to the Western Cape Minister for Education, but I am not holding my breath about a positive response!

      zaatheist - 2011-09-21 09:46

      @Capetonian Intend to get a copy myself. I have some grandchildren who have been subjected to some malign fundie influence who need to have their eyes opened.

  • capetonian - 2011-09-21 08:03

    Gee, Governor Rick Perry got thousands of his fellow "evangelicals" together in Texas some months ago when that state was battling with a severe drought, to "pray" for rain - guess what? The drought got worse! Of course, if you are a Muslim you always have to cover for "God" by saying : "God Willing!" I "pray" for the day when religion will be banned from all school curriculums - and, as adults, decisions about whether or not to go the "God" route will be their democratic right!

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