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Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020. 11:01 am CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

By: Rudolph A. Neal: It is without a doubt that this year has been arguably one of the most challenging years we have seen or experienced in our modern history. We have been rocked to our core by the crippling effects of COVID-19, which seems to be raging like a blistering inferno, seemingly unabated. The effects of this virus is wide and far reaching and has plunged the country into an eerie and rather unsettling predicament.

This virus has adversely affected us in more ways than one. To date, we have well over 1,500 active cases and the numbers continue to ballon out of proportion on a daily basis. The death toll is rising steadily and the virus in reaching every corner and thoroughfare of our country, hitting closer and closer to home. The healthcare system is slowly becoming overwhelmed and could very soon end up teetering on the brink of collapse.

It has severely damaged our economy and in some instances, ravaged it to shreds. The masses of the people are reeling from the effects of this virus, but undauntedly, making very little strides. Businesses have been severely affected, many closed down permanently and many others rendered on life support. The masses of the people are in a financial crunch and battling unemployment and destitution. The situation is dire and optimism is scarce.

As if all that is not enough to contend with, we are now forced to grapple with extreme and harsh weather conditions that has been ravaging our country for the past week. Hurricane Eta has sent an unprecedented amount of rainfall onto our shores that has precipitated a massive deluge that has inundated several areas of our country, particularly the West and the South.

As we look at the grave pictures and heart wrenching sights of our people in distress and fleeing from their places of abode losing everything to the water in its wake, is devastating to say the least. To see the sheer devastation and emptiness welled up in the eyes of our people as they grapple with yet another defeat, 2020 has proved that it is not finished with us yet. It has certainly been a year that has torn us to shreds, ravaged us in more ways than one and rattled us to our core.

In a time like this, given all that we have gone through and are continuing to experience, it is high time that we pool our resources together and reach out to one another in loving service. In a time like this, more than ever, we are called to look out for one another and offer a collective spirit of love and service towards each other. We are the only ones capable of saving ourselves and each other and it is with that in mind that we should bundle up our hopes, reaffirm our resolve and serve one another in an effort to make the journey a little easier as we continue to inch forward and endeavor to trod along.

Our collective thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the flood. It is our esteemed hope that those most affected will be offered support and afforded the necessary and requisite assistance they so gravely and desperately need. Hold strong brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep the faith. We are all in this together, in loving service.

God Bless Belize!

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