This must be the part where Someone Jumps out and screams “April Fool!” in our faces and we all have a good laugh. It would have been a bad Joke, but then, we could really, really use the comic relief right now. because, wow! this year has made a fool of many things and people already, me inclusive.
It seems like eternity already, Because how can Just one year, in just three months of It’s opening have been this much of a roller-coaster of bad events, permit me to run through some Major world events that have happened just this year.
- Jan 1 Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
- Jan 3 US drone strike kills top Iranian security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad airport in Iraq
- Jan 4 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership
- Jan 5 Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment
- Jan 8 Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani
- Jan 8 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
- Jan 16 Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate
- Jan 22 China locks down city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in effort to control the coronavirus with death toll at 17, over 500 people ill
- Jan 26 LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, southern California; considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history
- Jan 29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
- Jan 30 The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva
- Feb 1 Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years
- Feb 9 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected
- Feb 10 More than 30 bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead
- Feb 14 More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold
- Feb 18 Swarms of desert locusts affecting east Africa reach South Sudan, threatening a food crisis
- Feb 23 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths
- Feb 23 First major coronavirus outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy
- Feb 23 China’s Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country’s coronavirus outbreak as the China’s largest health emergency since 1949
- Feb 25 Iran emerges as new coronavirus hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed also infected
- Feb 26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of coronavirus fears for 1st time in living memory
- Mar 3 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of coronavirus as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs
- Mar 15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as coronavirus COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically – Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
- Mar 19 Italian death toll from Coronavirus COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China’s total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world
- Mar 27 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted the coronavirus COVID-19 and that he will continue to lead the country “thanks to the wizardry of modern technology” while in self-isolation
That’s definitely a lot to handle in the first few months of a year, one that we had huge hopes in, one that was supposed to be a beautiful start to a new Decade. But whatever happens, Dreamers would keep dreaming, we would hope and work towards a stronger come back after all this is over.
Oyeniyi Kenneth O.