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Extra info for Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present, and Future of Sanctuary
As the interpreter translates, the judge asks her if she feels her human rights have been violated. ” The judge explains that she has the right to ask for protection against deportation. The young woman is asking for “exceptional leave to remain” in the United Kingdom on humanitarian grounds. The Home Office is proposing that she be deported to Benin because she was born there. But it seems that her parents took her from Benin to Nigeria when she was an infant, and she knows no one in Benin. She speaks Yoruba, a major language in Nigeria, and very little English.
Accepting strangers makes them part of the moral community. That is the basis of sanctuary. But the everpresent tension between incorporating and rejecting strangers limits humans’ willingness to bestow it. Thus in many societies sanctuary is only temporary or is hedged with restrictions. Inspiring stories of Christian Holocaust rescuers sheltering Jewish children at the risk of their own lives must be juxtaposed against today’s punitive and exclusionary asylum policies, which break up families or return refugees to their death in the country that persecuted them.
Permitting entry . . through uprights to a body of human dimensions” (1887: 3). Such ancient shelters had become refuges for people when herds of cattle were passing by; but in ancient times, Mazzinghi believed, they might have served sacred purposes. Cultures and societies remote from Western civilization also have long traditions of sanctuary and asylum. Ethnographers, historians, explorers, invaders, and travelers since the 15th century have observed and reported the acting out of such traditions, which may date from ancient times.