Yesterday, a bus on the Amman-Jerash road slid out of control and collided with a water tank, killing 23 people and injuring 33 others. A few weeks ago, Hikmet Kaddoura’s tragic death in a hit-and-run inspired an awareness campaign initiated by his family and friends. That campaign was instantly carried forth by organizations that included City Hall, and even warranted a call from HM Queen Rania on a popular radio show. Complete with new roadside banners warning people to slow down and drive safely as well as reaching the highest ears in the land that lead to legislative debates on new and harsher traffic laws, the campaign, suffice to say, did arise public interest. That, in turn, arose my own interest in to the way western Ammanis perceive certain things, and perhaps even the value they place on a life.
So in the context of this latest tragedy which claimed the lives of 23 Jordanians heading to Jerash, it will be interesting to note the social reaction in Amman. I wonder if another demonstration will be held? Will their names be released? Will people rally in their memory? Will the Lower House of Parliament reconsider its rejection of the stiffer penalties law? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, my deepest heartfelt condolences to their families in this tragic time. From God we came, and to God we return.