In what should be the season of holiness and joy, there is a nation’s worth of displaced people in refugee camps in the Darfur region of war-torn Sudan. Women are assaulted when they venture outside the camps for firewood. Hungry children are dying. Those who stay in their villages risk death from militia raids.
In the face of so much suffering, it can be hard to see how one can make a difference. My hope is that President-elect Obama will be able to work toward peace, with the help of U.S. citizens and the world.
What is one suffering child worth?
We are so accustomed to the familiar picture of a young mother and child on a donkey, led by a watchful father figure, that we may forget the meaning of the event. “The Flight Into Egypt” was a real-life escape from oppression.
Remember, the child Jesus was a refugee.