Tonight the Salvation Army in Iceland will be making Christmas Eve dinner for asylum seekers and no one leaves empty-handed as gifts for all have been secured, reports RÚV.
The meal is open to all, regardless of their religious beliefs, and Muslims, Christians and Jewish asylum seekers are expected at the meal, even if their mind’s weigh heavy with other concerns.
Adam Ibrahim Pasha, an Iraqi Jew who has been fighting for asylum in Iceland after fleeing Iraq because of religious persecution says he misses his wife this time of year – after all, the final day of Hanukkah is tonight as well. Currently his wife is in Israel and Adam last saw her 5 months ago. “It’s always tough to be away from your wife and children, especially now that my wife is pregnant,” said Adam, who went on hunger strike earlier this year.
Adam’s neighbours at Fit Hostel in Keflavík are Muslim and Christian and all will be attending the Salvation Army’s Christmas feast where lamb and pork will be served. In all 100 people are expected at the Christmas feast and of those 30 will be children.
According to the Salvation Army it’s been a busy holiday season wrapping a hundred gifts in time for the feast. “Everyone will receive a present with their name on the tag,” said Ingvi Kristinn Skjaldarson, a Salvation Army volunteer. “That way each person that comes to us gets a present and knows that someone has made an effort for them especially.”
Gleðileg Jól everyone, Merry Christmas.