Belarus: Not only Western democracy makes you happy


Christian Life

William Yoder

Waiting, seeing and praying. For the time being, that is most of what Christians in Belarus can do. Photo EPA, Tatyana Zenkovich

The people of Belarus are experiencing duress. That was what I saw on my visit to the country in late January. Inflation is pervasive. Prices on foreign items such as car parts have skyrocketed. Portions of its population of 9,4 million are not only fleeing westward – others are simply fleeing “city-ward”. Rural areas, especially in the east of the country, are emptying.