Tuesday 28 February 2017

A sacred procession that ended in tragedy

Editorial

Editorial

Saudi ambulances arrive at the scene of the tragedy
Saudi ambulances arrive at the scene of the tragedy

Those of all religions, and none, will have been deeply touched by the tragedy near Mecca. The scale of what happened on the most solemn pilgrimage on Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice), is difficult to conceive.

The rows of bodies in the simple white robes worn by many of the pilgrims made for a heartbreaking sight.

Another extremely poignant aspect of the disaster was that so many of the pilgrims were in their golden years.

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