Each year, as unique as it may be, has a special character because it has been impacted by moments that have marked it, moments that seem either banal for some or very important for others. And the year 2021 is not excluded, it has also been affected by historical events that have been unique to it. Without burdening you too much, we will try to summarize in just 5 points the most outstanding events that 2021 has sheltered in it.
1-The age of vaccines
Long before the World Health Organization initiated the COVAX system, we were faced with a vaccine race. A number of laboratories and start-ups were involved. AstraZeneca, Pfeizer, Johnson & Johnson, to name but a few, are the vaccines that have been developed. From these discoveries, several complications have arisen. First of all we had the shortage of vaccines that occurred in February, then came the side effects from the injected doses of vaccines described as harmful involving the death or hospitalization of the people who had been vaccinated. Then came the rise of two opposing poles, those in favor of vaccination leading some states to make injections compulsory, while those who are against it have banned it. And to finish with this rush, vaccines for children under 18 years old are already implemented and those for children under 5 years old are currently being studied.
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2-Messi’s Ascension to the top
It was August 10th, the most incredible transfer in the history of the LIGUE 1 had just been realized. The Argentinian player Lionnel Messi also called “La Pulga“, the former 10 of Barcelona became the 30 of PSG. A few months later, in September, he won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time, thus surpassing his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
3-The Taliban are back!
In the year 1994, the Taliban movement (“students of religion”) appeared in Afghanistan, in a country devastated by the war against the Soviets. Promising to restore order and justice, the Taliban rose to the top with the support of Pakistan and the tacit approval of the United States. Once in power, the Taliban imposed the strictest Islamic law. The hands of thieves are cut off, murderers are executed in public, homosexuals are crushed under a brick wall, adulterous women are stoned to death: the punishments are severe and denounced throughout the world. After the September 11 attacks in the United States, perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, Washington and its NATO allies launched a vast military operation on October 7, 2001, in response to the Taliban regime’s refusal to hand over Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks.
Hit by intensive air raids, the Taliban quickly lost control of the country and the regime capitulated on December 6. Its leaders fled with those of al-Qaeda to the south and east of the country,
On July 8, 2021, as planned in Doha in 2020, U.S. President Joe Biden declared that the withdrawal of his forces, which had begun in May, would be “completed by August 31”. Since the spring of 2021, the Taliban have gradually expanded their area of control and then, in a few months, have taken control of the country without encountering much resistance.
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Nominated as the first black archbishop in Cape Town and the last of the great icons of the struggle against apartheid, Desmond Tutu, also known as “The Arch”, died on December 26 at the age of 90. He spent most of his life speaking out against social injustice. Desmond Tutu was able to impose himself during the segregationist period alongside emblematic figures like Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko. His peaceful commitment earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
In short, the year 2021 has absolutely nothing to do with those predecessors. It has also, in its own way, imposed itself with its share of events that will remain engraved forever.