National Geographic : 1913 Jul
TRIPOLITAN PILGRIMS EMBARKING One of the most picturesque sights at any North African port is the annual departure of the pilgrims for Mecca. This picture shows the embarkation of pilgrims at Benghazi, one of the ports of Tripoli. It is an animated scene; the crowd has come from alparts ofthe country. There are nomads from the desert, negroes from the oases of the far Sahara, half-breeds from the ports, and stately Arabs from the coast. These pilgrim crowds, though picturesque, are a source of danger to the cities they pass through,asthey often carry with them diseases of every kind. A few years ago the pilgrims introduced typhus into the port of Benghazi, and it raged with such virulence that 8,000 people died in a few weeks.