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Christmas cards show nativity in war zone






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The Doctors of the World charity has released some Christmas cards with a difference. The non-profit organization is selling four cards showing traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land with images of the war in Syria. The charity wants to make people aware of the suffering going on in the world, especially in Syria. One card shows Mary and Joseph on a donkey in the rubble of war-torn Syria. Another shows the baby Jesus asleep as a missile is fired in the distance behind him. The next card shows the three wise men looking up at a warplane flying overhead.

The charity's website explained that: "Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes….By purchasing our cards, you are helping us to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable, and together we will [put back] a little of the most festive feeling of all – hope." The money from the cards will buy medicine and medical equipment for people in Syria and other areas of conflict. The United Nations estimates that 65 million people have fled their homes because of violence and war.

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