Day of Happiness

It has been almost 18 months since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Many people in the developing countries and disadvantaged people in the developed countries celebrated the mistaken notion that the virus spares nobody. However, the celebration was short lived because it soon became obvious that not everyone was equally vulnerable.

When the development of vaccines against the virus was announced, the world celebrated. Again, it soon became obvious that the vaccine was not equally available to everyone or every country. The unequal effect of the pandemic continues in vaccination program. Whereas the wealthy nations are now nearing the 50% plus vaccination required to achieve herd immunity, most of the developing countries are still lagging below 5%. Even a mid-level country like India is still having its worst experience with the pandemic. Nevertheless, the end of the pandemic appears more like than it was a year ago. 

As if the pandemic is not bad enough, a few hot spots have added to the misery of the pandemic. The chronic war situation in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine flared up again. Apparently, the inhabitants have not yet figured out how to co-exist peacefully.  

Our May 2021 issue of the journal is devoted to what can make the world a better place to live. The first article by the editor is honoring a veteran secondary school teacher, who lived an exemplary life. He left us a ton of lessons to learn from if we want to turn away from the world of corruption, and conspiracy theories based on rampant lies, impunity, and meanness.

The article by Brian Mukalazi is a warning to Ugandans of a looming environmental crisis which he suspects will be brought upon the country by the careless disposal of face masks, a critical part of the standard procedure against the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it is a matter of concern to the whole world.

In the third article, the veteran foreign affairs columnist, Johnathan Power, reminds us of chronic problems associated with the utilization of the sea. Though the new US administration faces many international problems, the author wants to remind President Biden not to forget pushing Congress to ratify the apparently forgotten United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which the USA is the only major power which has not yet ratified.

Although Mother's Day of this year has passed, honoring mothers is never too late. In this regard, Nile Journal is honored with a poem by a talented poet, Jomeo Robert Komakech who is sharing one of his poems which he is dedicating to all mothers.

In summary, we need to appreciate mothers for what they do for us, have sharpness of mind to anticipate problems before they happen, formulate laws to protect our environment, have good role models to guide us, and to take actions to implement the laws. Without these, the world is headed in the wrong direction. Nevertheless, with the end of the pandemic looking more real, if only partially, we can now begin to think of singing, "Happy days are here again" when the International Day of Happiness arrives on March 20, 2022.