Random Stories from 2011

The end of the year gives us a time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the New Year. I am not good at keeping up with media stories but I think one of the most devastating story in the media was the one about the Earthquake in Japan. I am not sure we fully understand the sacrifice of the “Fukushima 50,” the nickname given to the men who remained behind after 750 other workers were evacuated to clean up the crippled nuclear power plant in that part of the country.

The story of the flooding in Thailand was the forgotten story of the year. That event, and the apparent mismanagement of it,  may still force a Prime Minister out and it will take years until things come back to normal in that country. When I was there in November, virtually all the factories were closed in Bangkok and train services and even hospitals had been severely affected by the consequences of the floods.

As far as personal impact story, none could rival that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman who will probably become the president of Burma in the near future. I have written about this remarkable lady here.

Looking through the Crystal ball, I would predict that President Obama will more than likely win re-election, Hugo Chavez’ health will probably not improve, which means that there will be big changes in Venezuela. My hope is that a full democratic system will be restored again in that part of the world.

Unfortunately, Christians will continue to suffer in places like Nigeria, where a new rounds of violence that killed dozens just happened. The situation in Egypt for Christians will only get worse and that whole part of the world may still see more demonstrations on the streets, if more people decide to hit the streets on mass, demanding their rights against ruthless dictators who need to go away quietly.

And there will be no peace in the Middle East. But on a good note, by the end of 2012, we hope to rescue at least 20 new children from abuse, abject poverty and sexual slavery, if we can find enough people to support them.

Happy New Year!

Ivanildo C. Trindade