This 2016 has been laden with surprises from Brexit - the United Kingdom(UK), voting to leave the European Union(UN); to the Electoral College selection of the United States(US) President-elect; and to the profound realization of the carnage of war in Syria.
Yet, in 2016, humanity, including the United Nations(UN), Doctors Without Borders, USAID and many other governmental and non-governmental organizations, kept vigil and protection over the rights of millions of displaced, refugee and stateless people, while providing basic medical and care necessities to support life under very dangerous conditions in many problematic conflict zones.
The heroes of 2016 are clearly the medical and relief staff of the organizations who protect and safeguard human dignity and the rights of man. To all of them, we salute you. And in 2017, the world will seek your unyielding devotion to humanity again as rights issues intensify under new attacks from a gathering storm in the East, West, North and South.
So here's to the full protection of human and of civil rights in 2017. May the undeserved kindness of God be with all of us. Amen!