2011 left us with a lot of things to remember by. That year was marred by political unrest and changes, natural calamities, celebrity deaths and other events that had great international impact either because of their magnitude or because of their importance in the global scenario. I would like to make mention of some events that I think had registered deeper significance in the lives of the people and the whole world at large.
The most significant I think are the following:
11 – flooding and mudslides killed 903 in the Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
14 – The president of Tunis, a north African Arab country, was overthrown after 23 years in power. This event paved the way for other Arab countries population to look into their own country as popular protests against their president began to surface.
Over 12.8 million people in Thailandwere affected by severe flooding. The World Bank estimates damages at 1,440 billion baht (US$45 billion). Some areas are still six – feet underwater, and many factory areas remained closed, at the end of the year. 790 people were killed, with 58 of the country’s 77 provinces affected.
16 – Tropical Storm Washi causes 1,257 flash flood fatalities in the Philippines with 85 people are officially listed as missing. The floods Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines where almost 1000 people either died or missing.
29 – Samoa and Tokelau moves from east to west of the International Date Line in order to align its time zone better with its main trading partners, meaning that it will not mark December 30 this year.
Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (b. 1941) on December 17.
My 2012 wish?, that the Almighty blesses us with PEACE, LOVE, HARMONY and UNDERSTANDING. I couldn’t wish for anything else, except perhaps for good health and that happiness abound specially to those poor children in the Philippines, in Africa in the other countries in the world. Too much to ask for? Yes, because I really have a little to give, materially speaking but, I can spare a lot of prayers to help others who are praying for the same wish as I have wished for. Happy New Year to all…..Eric