|The Holy Family, the whole human family
The icon of the Holy Family assures all displaced families – and those longing to be reunited with their families – that Christ is with them in their flight and exile. The faces of the Holy Family inspire in JRS workers an active compassion for asylum seekers, and a renewed commitment to accompany, serve, and advocate.
|Cambodia: waiting for a country to call home
Phnom Penh, 1 March 2012 – My name is Mohammad and I'm a Rohingya from Arakan state. Before I fled Burma, the authorities often stopped me on my way to school and sent me to work in military camps. They made me cook, clean, carry heavy building materials and things like that, and punished me if they were unhappy with my work.
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|Mohammed's family, the Holy Family and the whole human family
Boston, 1 March 2012 – The gospel image of the Holy Family, escaping to Egypt to avoid death threats from the king, resonates in the lives of refugees and for those who serve them. Like the infant Jesus, many refugees are young and extremely vulnerable. But in a plight even more terrible than that of the Christ child, their families are often forced apart. The Holy Family escaped the mortal peril of Herod's sword. Mohammed's family was not so fortunate. Nor can Mohammed expect an angel to announce a time of safe return!
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