Ghanaian villager is to fulfill his lifelong dream of making the Hajj after he spotted a drone and asked the people flying it:Can you make it a little bigger and take me to Mecca?”
The drone was being operated by a Turkish film crew on location in Ghana.
Al-Hassan Abdullah’s story soon went viral on Turkish social media, later catching the attention of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu who then arranged to send Mr Abdullah on pilgrimage.
Mr Abdullah has been flown to Turkey’s main city Istanbul, from where he told Anadolu news agency:
I am grateful to God and I pray to everyone who helped this dream come true. The Turkish state’s assistance is valuable for me and I believe this will help improve friendship and brotherhood between Muslims.”
The first day of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, is expected on August 30.