Samrawit Fekiru’s Account of the Difficulties

The world has come to a grinding halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Factories have stopped operation. Corporations that generated millions of dollars every day have ceased functioning. No one seems immune to the health, economic and social hazards of the ongoing crisis. With no end in sight yet, businesses are being forced to lay off their highly valued employees as their expenses surpass the revenues they generate.

In a speech in 1959, J. F. Kennedy famously said “when written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one represents danger and one represents opportunity. Maria Langan-Riekhof, Director of the Strategic Futures Group at the National Intelligence, and others have gone so far as saying “sometimes the world needs a crisis” to turn challenges into opportunities.

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