It is certainly not a good year when the world loses so many of its beloved superstars, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Phife Dawg and Carrie Fisher. The loss adds to the sense of doom and gloom in the year when a controversial politician, Donald Trump, known for his erratic behavior as well as sexist and racist remarks, has been elected to be the president of the most powerful country on earth. American voters apparently followed in the footsteps of their peers in Britain when they decided to leave the European Union through Brexit.
As the United States and Britain turn their backs on the world, war continues to rage in Syria, killing thousands of civilians, which only saw a respite after a negotiation brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For those who could not bear to stay in Syria, they decided to take the perilous journey to Europe and caused the biggest migration crisis the world has ever seen, straining the capacity of European countries to deal with thousands of people coming to their shore. Many have concluded that we have hit rock bottom in 2016 with nowhere to go but up for 2017.