With just hours left until 2015, 2014 will soon be over. The end of December is a great time to look back at the old year and remember its most important events and moments. Undoubtedly, 2014 was one of the most turbulent, violent and intense years, but it also brought some nice and pleasing things. To see what 2014 looked like from the world´s point of view, check out these 25 pictures.
20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
April 2014 was also the month of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. During the approximate 100-day period from April 7, 1994, to mid-July of the same year, Rwanda became the scene of one of the most brutal and horrifying mass murders ever committed. In the genocide, up to 1 million Rwandans (mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu ethnic groups) were killed.
Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped
Obviously, April was a particularly sad month. On the night of 14–15 April, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria. The students have been forced to convert to Islam and into marriage with members of Boko Haram. 219 girls are still missing.
Soma mine disaster
May 13, 2014 became the day of the worst mine disaster in Turkish history. On that day, an explosion at a coal mine in the town of Soma caused an underground mine fire, which burned until May, 15. In total, 301 people were killed but some politicians claimed that the number of deaths were higher.
Iran´s effort to save the Asiatic cheetah from extinction
Sadly, 2014 was a year when numerous animal species died out but there were also several admirable conservationist efforts to protect some of the critically endangered species. Iran, for example, was rushing to save the Asiatic cheetah, a cousin of the more famous African cat, once ranging from the Red Sea to India. Recent studies suggest that these days, there are only a few hundreds of them remaining in the wild.
2014 FIFA World Cup
In June, billions of people from all over the world fixed their eyes on Brazil, where the 2014 FIFA World Cup was held. It was a tournament marked by interesting primacies, historical records, great performances as well as several surprising results. Germany won it after hammering the host country 7:1 in the semifinal and defeating Argentina 1:0 in the final.