Christmas is a time to contemplate the world. Doctors of the World’s has brought us a set of unique cards this year which juxtapose nativity scenes with the reality of war-torn Middle-East to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their home, and they need our help.
Here’s what Doctors of the World said about these Christmas Cards:
Today we unveil our 2016 Christmas cards that starkly juxtapose vintage biblical nativity scenes with modern-day photographs of conflict zones across the Middle East.
The cards, with names including ‘Not So Silent Night’ and ‘The Star of Bedlam’, were designed pro bono by advertising agency McCann London and feature photojournalism from Press Association taken over the last year.
Rather than making a religious statement, these images seek to remind the public that this year war has forced millions from their homes, and they really need our help.
“Every Christmas a romanticised picture is presented of the Holy Land of the past, featuring peaceful pastoral images that are shared in homes, churches and high streets across the country,” says Leigh Daynes, executive director of Doctors of the World. “This is completely at odds with the humanitarian crisis that the region faces today.
“This Christmas we’re asking people to see the realities that we see of the war-torn Middle East, and share some goodwill with a donation to help us give medical aid to people in desperate need.”
Conflict in the Middle East has led to the biggest forced displacement of civilians since the Second World War. The United Nations estimates that 65million people have fled their homes because of violence and armed conflict. Half are from just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. Some 28 million are children.
Doctors of the World medics, midwives and psychologists provided over 580,000 people with medical care and delivered over 8,560 mental health consultations in Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq in 2015 alone.
When sending your Christmas messages to friends and family, consider buying these unique cards, and telling your friends to do the same, and help Doctors of the World to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable and together re-instate a little of hope to the world.