Belgium Learns The Hard Way After Terrorist Attacks

Died 1Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 37, died at Brussels airport while her husband and twin daughters played nearby.

“If a blind man says he going to throw a stone at you, don’t laugh at him. He has one under his foot.” That’s a Ghanaian proverb.

One of my priorities in Belgium sixteen years ago was to integrate properly, have a good communication skills, just  to be productive and efficient in the society. But I realized that the biggest problem in Belgium is ‘Underestimation of foreigners, especially Africans.”

Underestimation and discrimination go together. It is a universal problem but I believe its heavier in Belgium than any country in the world, even though I haven’t been to the four corners of the globe.

If Belgium had put away underestimation, the recent terrorist attacks at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport and the Metro stations could have been prevented. I guessed that attacks shocked the entire nation and questioned their security strength.

During the days of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Belgium received a threat of invasion and destruction. Instead of taking this treat serious, in one of Belgium’s newspapers  was the response that: “Belgium is too small that Osama Bin Laden can’t find the country on the map.” Evidence of Belgium’s attitude of underestimation.

Before and after the Paris attacks, there were similar messages from various terrorist groups to infiltrate Belgium and cause destruction, yet the Belgian government ignored those warnings and waited till three bomb attacks  killing thirty-two and injuring many people in the three bomb attacks at Brussels’ airport and Maelbeek Metro station.

Underestimation can be part of the words in the dictionary, but it shouldn’t be practical or attitude, because, in Ghana, there is another proverb which says: “The river you don’t respect is exactly what will carry you away.”

 

Leave The Problems Behind And Take A Positive Step Into The Year 2016

Chearing 1Happiness and togetherness is all that we need to make this world beautiful

Many are  struggling  to overcome anxiety disorder, fear and uncertainty, only to get disappointing results, because crime, violence and terrorism are taking away our peaceful and happy moments.

The problem is that most people find it hard to overcome their fears, because it’s part of who they are. That’s actually a mistake. “No one drinks medicine on the behalf of a sick person,” a Ghanaian proverb, meaning your happiness is in your own hands.

At times sadness, loneliness and depression make us feel miserable and scared, because we don’t know what tomorrow may bring. If you take a wider view of things you could discover that dating and friendships seem to be disappointments. Many are hurt or recovering from love affair disasters. Why must my dates end in this way? This is one of the questions that usually follows.

Many times it may be differences of opinions, careers and misunderstandings, but at times it may turn out to be that the partners don’t like something about each other, especially about his or her character. Humbleness and politeness create a happy environment, but how many people there are polite and humble?

Within some few days, we shall be witnessing the new year (2016). Are you going to carry your problems along with you? We often allow problems to take its toll on us, than finding solutions.

If the blind can play the piano, someone without hands, can open the chapters of a book, with his toes or tongue, then why do you have to grumble when you are physically strong?

The purpose of this article is to encourage, not to discourage. There are many opportunities there for you. Let God be your guide to choose wisely and let your hopes and dreams be a reality in year 2016.