The good and bad of an otherwise great summer 2015


We are gathered here today to mourn the passing of the summer of 2015. The demarcation line for maximum daylight has now been crossed. It occurred sometime before dawn yesterday. As we bid farewell to temperatures soaring to 30 degrees Celsius for another year, it is fitting that we reflect on the warm glow that was the summer of 2015, although it was not without moments that left us either enthralled or appalled.

It was, for instance, the summer that the egotistical act by an American dentist of killing a lion in Zimbabwe – that would be Cecil – received more global emotion and compassion than the plight of more than 1.5 million South Sudanese refugees experiencing internal displacement.

At the same time, this was the summer that the photograph of the lifeless body of a three-year-old Syrian boy that had washed up on the Turkey seashore galvanized the world and brought home the horror of Syrians fleeing warfare in their homeland.

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Pat Watson is the author of the e-book, In Through A Coloured Lens.

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