Traffic is a heavy, heaving feature of the holy month in the Muslim world. The Iftar rush-hour is notorious for bringing big cities to their knees, and even leaving hungry fasters stranded without food.
The Iftar rush starts in some of the region's populous capitals well ahead of the dusk hour. In Cairo for example, crossing the city can take 3-4 hours and the ravenous rush extends hours ahead of the moment of truth and satiation.
Fortunately, city groups and individuals thinking outside the box are a few steps ahead! Armed with boxes of dates and bottles of H20 to feed and quench the motoring masses, community groups are out in force weaving among the traffic to extend nourishing support to the starving stragglers. Their offerings are a welcome site for hungry bellies belonging to fasting drivers and cabbies stranded after Iftar' o' clock.
The idiosynchratic campaigns vary from one regional metropolis to the next, but the message is resounding: slow down and avoid driving like a madman by stopping the hunger gap with the Iftar quick- fix-hunger-pack! A date and water locks the hunger till home destination.
This year, we bring you some of the salient traffic images of a region brought to a standstill on its mission to break fast, but not so fast!