Puerto Montt, Chile: Marcela Gonsález, 40, Saleswoman: There were many events of great importance that affected my country this year, but I would like to highlight one that caught my attention in particular, and had to do with the strength and solidarity aspect of my countrymen. There was a big fire that ravaged the city of Valparaiso, reducing to ashes thousands of houses, leaving many with their arms crossed and without anything—just with what they had on, in total helplessness. With the solidarity of many people including the government, they managed to rebuild their lives and from the outside it looked like nothing had ever happened at all. It is very remarkable and impressive.
A variety of events worldwide are remembered. This is what Epoch Times reporters from areas such as Chile to Iran discovered when they asked locals, “What was the most important event in your country during the year?”
Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question, “What are you looking forward to most in the coming year?”