Migrant workers, refugees and locals gather for Christmas


By CCTV correspondent Rian Maelzer
BEIJING, Dec. 26 — Christmas Day mass at the Catholic cathedral in Malaysia’s capital has brought together an unusual cross-section of worshippers from different classes, countries and cultures. For some people living far from home, the welcome comradeship of celebrating this day with those around them is mixed with the heartache of being far from their families.
There was an overflow crowd at Kuala Lumpur’s St. John’s cathedral, as local Catholics mingled with migrant workers, refugees and expatriates to hear mass. Year round, this is the favourite gathering point for the city’s migrant workers from the Philippines, most of them employed as maids. It’s a chance to meet friends and enjoy the tastes of home — all the more poignant on Christmas Day.
“I have two children. I’m very sad but of course, I have no choice. Then enjoy, even though very far away.” said Anna V. De Villa, Filipina Migrant Worker.
“Without my family, it’s like they are all my family here. Sorry [db:内容2]