Fire and Rain

December 23, 2005

Costa Rica faced more than its share of struggles in 2005, but there were bright spots, too. Clockwise, from bottom left: The death of Pope John Paul II brought thousands to San José’s Metropolitan Cathedral in April; controversy over the Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA) inspired another year of marches – both against the pact, such as this one on March 1, and in favor; a March bank robbery in the peaceful mountain town of Monteverde (pictured, a tourist leaving the scene) and a July fire at Hospital Calderón Guardia (a patient reacts outside the building) stunned the nation. And it rained – oh, did it rain – causing floods on the Caribbean (left) and Pacific coasts, as well as a dengue fever outbreak made more serious by the abundance of breeding pools for mosquitos.

 

But breakthroughs in environmental protections, some economic achievements despite tough odds, and new efforts to improve the lives of indigenous people such as the child pictured above, a member of the southern Caribbean’s Bribrí group, marked 2005 as well. And sometimes, as for Glenda Hines at the Limón Carnaval in October (below), despite it all – even the rain – life is good.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights
Costa Rica
1 views
Costa Rica
1 views

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 23, 2019

Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Ventura Robles, met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week…

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture
Central America
46 views
Central America
46 views

Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of torture

AFP - April 23, 2019

One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a…

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education
Costa Rica
10 views
Costa Rica
10 views

Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 22, 2019

Costa Rica on Monday celebrated 150 years of free, obligatory and state-paid education with a ceremony at the Escuela Jesús…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!