Saudi Arabia

04.10.2015 17:31

every year receives millions of people, who make the hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy sites Mecca and Medina. During prayer in the Masjid al-Haram mosque a construction crane collapsed through the roof, killing 109 people and injuring 230.  



The next accident happened on the way to the ritual stoning of the devil. In the extreme overcrowding and heat, people collapsed and panic broke out when they pressed on from all sides. Since no evacuation routes were arranged lots of people were trampled. "People were climbing over each other just to breathe", said one of the survivors.The result was that 717 people died. This is the official figure. According to other sources, as many as 1,100 may have been killed. 850 were injured.


The responsible blamed on bad luck. No excuses, no safety worthy of the name, no self-criticism.

The dead were shoveled away without respect. Front loaders collected the dead, which were laid in large piles to be transported away.

This never would have happened in a Christian country. Gentle hands would have placed the bodies in individual body bags for transport to cold stores for identification. They would have shown the dead respect.