The last day of 2015. I started this year with a personal letter to you:

I wrote:  “It will be a wonderful year with only happy events.

1. The Netherlands will be world Champion in every sport there is

And they did. In the  Czech republic the Dutch team with Cock Tukker, Patrick Haring, Geesje van der Linde, Nelly Eekhof en Bert Jan Wallaard became World Champion Indoor Shuffleboard.
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The Netherlands has won the Belgian Waterloo Stratego world championship. The Dutchman Pim Niemeijer won the individual world title. Over a hundred Stratego lovers took part in a four days World Championships of the International Federation of Stratego. The board game Stratego is based on the era of the French Emperor Napoleon, who suffered in 1815his ultimate defeat at the battle of Waterloo. The game Stratego game manufacturer Jumbo sold more than 20 million copies.

And of course the sport that is only played in Holland and Belgium: Korfbal.
The Dutch korfball team has added the ninth world title to their honour roll. Arch rival Belgium was defeated into the lion’s den with 27-18.

2.  the religious fanatics will understand that God is equal to Love whatever his name may be.

Well what can I say. I know you will scroll down as fast as you can to the end of the Wikipedia list, and so you should, because the innocent people died in terrorist attacks in 2015 is more than we count:

  • Afghanistan January 5, 2015 – A car packed with explosives drove up to the headquarters of EUPOL Afghanistan, a European police-training organization, in Kabul and detonated. Taliban claimed responsibility. 1 killed 16 wounded.
  • Iraq January 6, 2015 – Two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the town of Al-Jubba while Iraqi soldiers were resting, killing 10 soldiers plus the two attackers. Clashes following the bombings left 13 security personnel dead and 21 wounded.
  • France January 7–9, 2015 – A series of five attacks in and around Paris kill 17 people, plus three attackers, and leave 22 other people injured.
  • Nigeria January 8, 2015 – 2015 Baga massacre. Boko Haram attacks town of Baga in northern Nigeria killing at least 200 people. Another 2000 are unaccounted for.
  • France January 9, 2015 – The Porte de Vincennes hostage crisis kills 4 and injures 9 people.
  • Lebanon January 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Jabal Mohsen suicide attacks 9 people died and 30+ were wounded.
  • Egypt January 29, 2015 – January 2015 Sinai attacks. 44 killed, several wounded.
  • Pakistan January 30, 2015 – Suicide bomber killed at least 55, injuring at least 59 in a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan.
  • Pakistan February 13, 2015 – Heavily armed militants killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 40 after they stormed into a Shiite mosque during Friday Prayer in a suburb of Peshawar.
  • Denmark February 14–15, 2015 – 2015 Copenhagen shootings. A gunman opened fire at the Krudttoenden café and later at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two civilians and injuring five others.
  • Nigeria March 7, 2015 – Five suicide bomb blasts leave 58 dead and 143 wounded in the 2015 Maiduguri suicide bombing.
  • Pakistan March 15, 2015 – Suicide bombers kill at least 15 people in attacks on two churches in Lahore.
  • Tunisia March 18, 2015 – Bardo National Museum attack. Militants linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack the Bardo National Museum with guns, killing 21 people and injuring around 50.
  • Yemen March 20, 2015 – 2015 Sana’a mosque bombings. 135 killed in bombings on several mosques by ISIL.
  • Libya March 25, 2015 – ISIL affiliates, The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in Libya carried out suicide bombings in the city of Benghazi. Twelve were killed and 25 wounded. Five additional dead during attacks with a local militia.
  • Somalia March 27, 2015 – Makka al-Mukarama hotel attack. 20+ dead 28 wounded.
  • Kenya April 2, 2015 – 148 people—most of them Christian students—killed in Al-Shabaab’s Garissa University College attack.
  • Saudi Arabia April 8, 2015 – In the city of Riyadh two policemen are shot dead. ISIL is blamed to be behind the attack.
  • Somalia April 14, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab attack a government building in Mogadishu in the 2015 Ministry of Higher Education attack. 17 dead 15 wounded.
  • Iraq April 17, 2015 – A series of bombings by the ISIL occurred through Baghdad. 40+ killed 59+ injured.
  • Iraq April 17, 2015 – A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq. ISIL took credit for the attack. 3 killed 5 wounded.
  • Afghanistan April 18, 2015 – A suicide bomb detonated in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. ISIL claims responsibility. 33 killed 100+ injured.
  • France April 19, 2015 – A 32-year Frenchwoman is murdered by a gunman whose plot to attack a church is foiled shortly after.
  • Somalia April 20, 2015 – A minivan of UN workers was bombed by Al-Shabaab in the Puntland region of Somalia. 9 dead 4 injured.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina April 27, 2015 – At the Zvornik police station terrorist attack in the city of Zvornik, Republika Srpska, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an armed member of a wahhabist movement opened fire on the police. In the shooting, a police officer was killed, two others were injured, and the attacker was killed by police.
  • Iraq May 3, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Nineteen were killed and an unknown number wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • United States May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators) 1 injured.
  • Afghanistan May 3, 2015 – Taliban militants overran checkpoints in Warduj, killing 17 policemen.
  • Afghanistan May 4, 2015 – A government bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, killing one person and injuring 15 others.
  • Iraq May 10, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq and surrounding towns of Taji and Tarmiyah. ISIS claims responsibility. 14 were killed and wounding 30.
  • Afghanistan May 10, 2015 – A bus carrying Afghan government employees was attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber, killing 3 people and injuring 10. Taliban claimed responsibility.
  • Pakistan May 13, 2015 – A bus carrying Shia Muslims was attacked by six armed gunman who rode up in motorcycles. Several Islamist groups claim responsibility. 45 dead 13 injured.
  • Afghanistan May 14, 2015 – A hotel that was hosting a cultural event was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul leaving 14 dead including an American, an Italian, and 4 Indians.
  • Afghanistan May 17, 2015 – A Taliban suicide attack near the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport targeting a European police training vehicle. 3 dead 18 injured.
  • Afghanistan May 19, 2015 – A suicide car bombing detonated in the parking lot of a Justice Ministry building in the diplomatic section of Kabul, killing 4 people wounding 42.
  • Libya May 21, 2015 – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a military checkpoint outside of Misrata killing himself and two guards.
  • Saudi Arabia May 22, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during prayer in the al-Qadeeh village. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. 21 dead +90 injured.
  • Afghanistan May 25, 2015 – Taliban militants killed 19 policemen and six soldiers during a siege at a police compound in Nawzad District of Afghanistan.
  • Kenya May 26, 2015 – Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police patrols which turned into a gun battle north of Garissa, 5 police officers were injured but they were able to kill both of the attackers.
  • Iraq May 28, 2015 – Two car bombs were set off minutes apart targeting the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel and the Babylon. 10 killed and 30 wounded.
  • Saudi Arabia May 29, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Dammam detonating the bomb in the parking lot. 4 killed, unknown injured.
  • Iraq June 1, 2015 – Three suicide bombers in humvees attacked an Iraqi police station in the Tharthar region in Northern Anbar Province. 41 dead, 63 wounded.
  • Turkey June 5, 2015 – 2015 Diyarbakır rally bombings – Twin bombing of a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally. 4 dead, over 100 injured.
  • Iraq June 13, 2015 – Four suicide SUV car bombs went off in an Iraqi police station in the Hajjaj near Tikrit and Baiji. 11 dead, 27 injured.
  • France June 26, 2015 – Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack – Beheading in a factory near Lyon, head marked with Arabic writing and Islamist flags. Gas canisters planted provoked a fire. 1 dead, 11 injured.
  • Kuwait June 26, 2015 – 2015 Kuwait mosque bombing – 27 people killed in explosion at Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait City, medical sources tell Al Jazeera. Claimed by ISIS
  • Tunisia June 26, 2015 – 2015 Sousse attack – Attack in Tunisia against two tourist hotels, over 28 people died.
  • Somalia June 26, 2015 – Battle of Leego (2015) Attack on AMISOM base in Somalia with a car bomb, assault rifles and RPGs, causing over 30 military deaths.
  • Nigeria June 26-30, 2015 – Boko Haram kills at least 200 people as they gun down and bomb villages, mosques, and other public space.
  • Israel June 29, 2015 – 2015 Shuvat Rachel shooting shooting attack on civilian car, 1 death.
  • Nigeria July 5, 2015 – Two bombs explode at an elite restaurant and mosque, killing at least 15 people in Jos.
  • Nigeria July 7, 2015 – A bomb explodes in a government office in Zaria, killing 20 people.
  • Cameroon July 13, 2015 – 2 suicide bombers explode in a bar in the town of Fotokol and kill 13 people, including a soldier from Chad who was killed in the second explosion.
  • Nigeria July 17, 2015 – Two Nigerian towns are attacked by two suicide bombers, killing 62 people.
  • Turkey July 20, 2015 – 2015 Suruç bombing Suicide bombing killed 33 people and injured 104 in Kurdish majority city of Suruç. ISIL claims responsibility.
  • Nigeria July 22, 2015 – A series of explosions at two bus stations in Gombe kill about 40 people.
  • Cameroon July 26, 2015 – A suicide bomber kills at least 14 people at a popular nightclub in Maruoa, just three days after 2 suicide bombers killed 20 people in the same town.
  • Nigeria August 11, 2015 – 47 people are killed as explosions erupt at a crowded market in the town of Sabon Gari.
  • Iraq August 13, 2015 – 2015 Baghdad market truck bombing A truck bomb in a Baghdad market killed more than 70 and injures 200.
  • France August 21, 2015 – 2015 Thalys train attack Shooting and stabbing in train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris injures 5. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack.
  • Nigeria August 28-30, 2015 – Boko Haram members massacre 79 people in 3 different Nigerian villages. 68 alone were killed in the village of Baanu.
  • Nigeria September 10, 2015 – Explosion at a refugee camp for people fleeing Boko Haram kills at least 2.
  • Iraq September 17, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed 10 and injured 55. ISIL claims responsibility.
  • Germany September 17, 2015 – An Islamist of Iraqi descent attacked and injured a police officer with a knife in Berlin. 1 injured, 1 dead (perpetrator).
  • Nigeria September 21, 2015 – At least 54 people were killed by multiple explosions in Nigeria.
  • Yemen September 24, 2015 – A bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Sana’a killed 25 and injured dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Claimed by ISIL.
  • BangladeshItaly September 29, 2015 – Three men on a motorbike shot and killed an Italian aid worker. The attack has been claimed by ISIL.
  • Nigeria October 1, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings by Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria killed 14 people (including the bombers) and injured 39.
  • Israel October 1, 2015 – Gunmen opened fire on a car near Nablus on the northern West Bank, killing a man and woman. 4 of their 6 children were also in the car and witnessed the attack, but were uninjured. The attackers have been praised by Hamas.
  • Australia October 2, 2015 – 2015 Parramatta shooting. A NSW Police Force civilian employee was shot dead outside NSW Police Force headquarters on Charles Street, Parramatta, Sydney by a 15-year old lone gunman. The gunman then engaged with NSW Police Special Constables in a shootout before being killed, 2 dead.
  • BangladeshJapan October 3, 2015 – A Japanese man was shot and killed in a similar fashion to an Italian aid worker killed 4 days earlier. The attack has been claimed by ISIS.
  • Iraq October 3, 2015 – In Baghdad, two suicide bombings in Shiite majority neighbourhoods kill at least 18 people and injure 61. Attack claimed by ISIS.
  • Afghanistan October 5, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Kabul targeted an Afghan intelligence centre. 3 people were injured in the attack, claimed by the Taliban.
  • Somalia October 7, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab ambushed and killed the nephew of Somalia’s president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 2 dead.
  • Turkey October 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Ankara bombings 102 people were killed and over 400 others injured. According to two high ranked sources in the Turkish security forces ISIS is most likely responsible.
  • Chad October 10, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings in Chad killed 33 people and injured 51. The attack is believed to be the work of Boko Haram.
  • AfghanistanUnited Kingdom October 11, 2015 – A bomb attack in Kabul, targeting a British military convoy injured 7 Afghan civilians. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban.
  • Nigeria October 22, 2015 – 20 people were killed in the northeast state of Borno, Nigeria in a Boko Haram attack.
  • Nigeria October 23, 2015 – Two separate mosques were attacked by suicide bombers, killing 42 in Nigeria.
  • Niger October 28, 2015 – Boko Haram militants attack a village in Niger, gunning down 13 people and allegedly burning down houses and cars during the rampage.
  • EgyptRussia October 31, 2015 – Bomb on board a Russian jet brings it down in Sinai, bound for St Petersburg, killing 224 people.
  • Lebanon November 12, 2015 – Twin suicide bombings kill 42 people in the capital city of Beirut.
  • France November 13, 2015 – A series of terrorist attacks in Paris kill 137, and wound 368. They involved a series of coordinated attacks which consisted of mass shootings and suicide bombings. This incident was the most fatal event on French soil since World War II.
  • Iraq November 13, 2015 – A Suicide bomber kills at least 21 at a Shia funeral.
  • PhilippinesMalaysia November 17, 2015 – A Malaysian national is beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines.
  • Nigeria November 17, 2015 – A suicide attack at a market in Yola killed more than 30 people and hospitalised more than 80. The attack is thought to be the work of Boko Haram.
  • France November 18, 2015 – A Jewish history teacher was stabbed in the arm and leg by three Islamists in Marseille.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina November 18, 2015 – A lone wolf Islamist killed two soldiers and injured civilians in Sarajevo. 3 dead 5 wounded.
  • Nigeria November 18, 2015 – Two explosions rock a phone market in Kano killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 100. Boko Haram is suspected to be behind it.
  • Mali November 20, 2015 – Bamako hotel attack. Gunmen yelling “Allahu Akbar” storm a hotel in Bamako, Mali. At least 19 killed, and more than 160 were taken hostage.
  • Iraq November 20, 2015 – A Suicide bomber detonates inside a Shiite mosque killing 10 people, other bombings in the area killed another 5 people.
  • Cameroon November 21, 2015 – Suicide bombers affiliated with Boko Haram kill at least 10 in northern Cameroon.
  • Nigeria November 22, 2015 – 8 people among women and children demise when a female suicide bomber is reduced to pulp.
  • Tunisia November 24, 2015 – At least 12 people were killed in a bus bombing in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack that targeted a bus transporting members of the Presidential Guard.
  • Egypt November 24, 2015 – In the November 2015 Sinai attack which occurred a day after the second round of parliamentary elections closed, militants attack a hotel housing election judges in the provincial capital of al-Arish in Egypt’s North Sinai. 7 dead, 10+ wounded
  • Niger November 25, 2015 – Boko Haram invades a village and shoots indiscriminately residents and also fire rockets, killing 18.
  • Nigeria November 27, 2015 – 21 killed in Boko Haram suicide attack on a Shia procession in Nigeria
  • Egypt November 28, 2015 – Islamist gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara. 4 dead
  • Mali November 28, 2015 – Militants fired rockets on a MINUSMA peacekeeping forces base in northern Mali. Ansar Dine claimed responsibility. 3 dead, 20 wounded.
  • United States December 2, 2015 – In the 2015 San Bernardino attack, two people, one of whom posted on Facebook an “oath of allegiance” to the leader of ISIL, shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others in a killing spree that the FBI was investigating as “act of terrorism”.
  • Chad December 5, 2015 – Four female suicide bombers from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130.
  • Yemen December 6, 2015 – The governor of the southern port city of Aden in Yemen, Jaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed in a car bomb attack. The assassination was claimed by ISIS.
  • Egypt December 8, 2015 – An explosive device by Islamists targeting a military convoy went off in Rafah. 4 dead 4 injured.
  • Iraq December 9, 2015 – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at in the doorway of a Shiite mosque. 11+ dead 20 injured.
  • AfghanistanSpain December 11, 2015 – In the 2015 Spanish Embassy attack in Kabul, Taliban militants detonated a car bomb and stormed a guesthouse near the Spanish embassy. 6 dead, several injured.
  • Syria December 11, 2015 – In the Tell Tamer bombings three truck bombs by ISIS killed up to 60 people and injured more than 80 in the town of Tell Tamer.

 3. The world leaders will understand that this short term climate thinking is destroying our earth and will take measures to prevent it to go any further.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. The conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it. The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions.
According to the organizing committee at the outset of the talks, the expected key result was an agreement to set a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C) compared to pre-industrial levels.

I strongly believe the climate change is the biggest threat we face today. Not terrorism, not the refugee problem, but climate change can destroy the world as we know it.

4. I wish that all the people that feel this is no future for them anymore would call someone that will truly listen. 

I have another list for you. It’s the CNN top 10 list of heroes of 2015

  • Dr. Jim Withers who has given free, quality healthcare to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania’s homeless for more than 20 years.
  • Monique Pool, “The Sloth Lady,” who has rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of sloths and other animals back into the jungles of Suriname.
  • Richard Joyner, a Conetoe, North Carolina pastor who started gardens to give his parishioners healthier diets in his town’s “nutritional desert.”
  • Aaron and Evan Steed Moving Company Helps Women Leave Abusive Homes At No Cost
  • Maggie Doyne, who used her babysitting money to buy land and start an orphanage and school in Nepal — today home to 50 children and 350 students.
  • Sean Gobin, who created a project to let veterans “walk off the war” by supplying them with everything they need for long-distance hikes in the U.S.
  • Bhagwati Agrawal, who brought safe, clean drinking water to 10,000 people living in six villages in India.
  • Kim Carter, a former inmate and homeless woman who created a nonprofit to help 800 women like her reclaim their lives.
  • Rochelle Ripley, who, inspired by her Lakota grandmother’s stories, has raised $9 million for Native Americans on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
  • Jody Farley-Berens, who has provided free financial and emotional support to 300 single parents battling cancer in Phoenix, Arizona since 2006.
  • Dr. Daniel Ivankovich, who has battled red tape and provided medical care — including 600 surgeries — to 100,000 patients whether they could pay for their treatments or not.

5. My wish for the new year is to stop my daily blogs and post more infrequent, but better blog posts.

What can I say. 2014 425 posts, 2015 431 posts. I don’t think they got better or worse than last year. I have come to the conclusion the blog is first and foremost a journal as I go through life, a scrapbook for memories I want to be kept forever, a place where I keep my prized possessions.

I wish you and those who love you a healthy, happy year. 
And above all, I wish you will win the lottery this year.

Just lucky in love, I guess

 So, 2015 was a good year. A year with so many precious memories I want to keep forever, and that I will remember long after 2015 has gone in another row of years.

Be careful with fireworks tonight, and I want to end with LOVE. Because all things start and end with love.

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5 thoughts on “goodbye to 2015

  1. Happy New Year, Han! Just blog whenever you want…once a day…once a week…whatever. This is your blog and I will just be happy to come visit. Okay, I know I am behind on visiting but am trying to catch up. 😉

    Wishing you, Wanita, your daughter and the parents the best year ever!

    Hugs and blessings…Cat

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