Shelter at Christmas

Julie Edwards, CEO, Jesuit Social Services; 23/12/09 theaustralian/comments/shelter_at_christmas/

Finally, a boat load of people who fled a war zone in Sri Lanka have been recognised as refugees entitled to protection from persecution (“Viking Tamils finally reach destination”, 21/12). Does anyone else see the irony? This very week we celebrate the birth of Jesus — not the picture book, sanitised story but the real-life version that saw a baby born in an animal shelter, because the good people of the town of Bethlehem couldn’t find any “spare” accommodation where his heavily pregnant mother could give birth. Then, no sooner was he born than he and his family became refugees, fleeing for their lives. Sound familiar?