To be born! Day after day. To be born! That is what I had in my mind as I walked up and down the ranks and corridors of the Assembly of the Absent People: a hope, a desire finally made manifest through birth, through reinvention.
According to the 2012 EIU index, one half of the world's population now lives in a democracy of some sort. However, in recent years there has been backsliding on previously attained progress in democratisation, also as result of the global financial crisis that started in 2008. Nevertheless, only 11% reside in full democracies. More than one third of the world's population still live under authoritarian rule.