Once again, it is that time of the year when Christians celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, not everybody will be able to celebrate the day. Some underprivileged people around the world face hard situations. The hardships come because of being vulnerable they search for urgent answers to different humanitarian crises. They want to find answers for shelter, medicine, food, and clothing. So because of immediate need for basic rights, immigrants and internally displaced persons will not be able to happily join Christmas festivities. If they should join, there must be some charitable hands to offer them basic needs that they have been denied. Therefore, we owe it to them so that they can celebrate Christmas together with us. So in whatever positions of responsibility that we hold, compassion invites us to heed their call to help.
Let us not behave like the Dutch Government, who denied migrants access to shelter. Migrants have been knocking at the doors which have not opened. Sounds like a deliberate effort to deny God’s people a chance to shelter themselves from the looming winter. This is against humanitarian spirit. We cannot turn our backs to those who seek our help. Christmas presents us with the opportunity to show unity and support to the world’s most vulnerable people. Our compassion to provide modest shelter, food, water, clothing and medicine to people is being put to test. High numbers of refugees are dying at sea while fleeing from conflicts, violence, disasters, and human rights abuses to seek asylum in other countries. And for displaced people, every single day is a bonus because their search for food, medicine, water and peace is often not successful. So if richer communities can get involved in helping, then needy people will smile.
We must offer food to the most food-insecure people on Christmas. And protect vulnerable people, especially those with special needs. Children, young girls and women face sexual and gender based violence. They need our protection. Let us provide medicine to heal the sick. And also visit them in hospitals. Many people are facing traumatic situations from seeing horrible scenes. So offering psychosocial support and counselling will help rehabilitate their minds. In so doing, we shall be restoring hope and dignity to millions of people. Can you keep your gates open to the needy this Christmas? For me, I will. We should welcome everybody regardless of their race, faith and origin. Give support and show people the love that they yearn for so that they can also be part of us in celebrating the birth of our saviour.
Simon J. Mone,
SOURCE: Daily Monitor