This is a sad post from my dear blogger friend in Ecuador. Her posts are always filled with beautiful photographs of nature and people (remember COPYRIGHT, please). I would recommend you follow it as a glimpse into a vibrant country (which I would love to visit one day!) But sadness there is. My condolences to the families of two Ecuadorian journalists and their driver, who were murdered by rebels reportedly connected to FARC, near the Colombian border. Journalism is a dangerous business in some countries, it seems. My personal condolences too to my dear friend, who recently lost a loved one.

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

“We are immortal until our work on earth is done.” George Whitefield

April 16 marks the second anniversary of the 7.8 earthquake which devastated a section of Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Many will go through this day in somber recollection of how that day altered their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

This day also marks the end of four days of mourning for Javier Ortega, Paúl Rivas and Efraín Segarra, the three Ecuadian press workers who were recently murdered.

A dear loved one will be buried today; Efrain Cacay’s life journey ended in the wee hours of April 15, 2018.  At 41, he left behind a grieving family, which includes a very-large extended family.

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    1. Oh thank you! I just mentioned this to my husband – we love that idea, but we hardly speak a word of Spanish between us! Very sweet of you. The same applies to us of course – you are always welcome to our island!


      1. thank you!!! i’m going to have to write a post soon about my crazy artist’s vision of future travel… strap yourself into a little tube and be sent to your desired destination the way banks ferry the exchanges from a drive-through station! zip – you’re there.. zip – you’re back!

        you’d love the birds here! put it on the back burner and let it simmer for a while!


  1. Thanks for your kind words, Emma, and for sharing the story about the recent kidnapping/murders. Perhaps this family vigil has heightened my sensitivities, but it seemed odd to me that no one I knew seemed concerned about the kidnappings – in fact, some thought that the President is responsible for the men’s deaths because he did not agree to their demands.
    I subscribe to Reporters without Borders and noted their presence in President Moreno’s televised press conference.
    Here are their stats for murders* in 2018:
    *Twelve too many-

    Thanks for calling attention to this, and thanks for your condolences. The weather was cool and the skies clear for the funeral, and now the skies are crying.

    Have a good week!


    1. Oh, you are welcome Lisa. Our Prime Minister did officially express condolences for the journalists, I’m happy to say. I always wish our press association would send out a notice when these things happen. They never do. Too complacent, I think – because (touch wood) we don’t have that particular problem over here. I must prepare some articles for World Press Freedom Day, which is May 3. I always remember it because it is my husband’s birthday! 🙂 I hope you and your family start to feel a little better, soon. Sending warm wishes!


      1. i was out of town today and returned around 6 pm.. there’s been a new kidnapping/murder – this time two ‘normal’ citizens, not sure exactly what day they were kidnapped and where – thre are conflicting reports, but seeing that news really hit me w/a strange sickening feeling… they have to be stopped


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