A message from people who know what it’s like. I took the photograph in the center of Sarajevo on my last trip. I can’t imagine that people there feel about it any different today. To be remembered today of all days when billions celebrate a refugee couple giving birth to a child.

Religious or not (like me), we all can relate to the metaphor remembered today. A couple whose child is about to be born is seeking a roof over their head. We can be fairly sure: It didn’t get that far just for the heck of it.

This year we have seen hundreds of thousands of people in a similar situation.

We should learn from the biblical metaphor and not turn them away.

We’re all human and we could get into a similar situation one day, inconceivable though it may be to us at this point and time.

And let’s keep in mind a not so minor document.

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

If you ask me: It shouldn’t take Christmas to remember this. But it seems a nice and appropiate occasion to remind people what being human is about.