Christian Aid has launched ‘A Stranger Christmas Story’, a short stop-frame animation film inspired by the popular Netflix TV show Stranger Things, to highlight the 65 million people who are displaced by conflict and crises this Christmas.
However, the numbers of people displaced are constantly rising due to recent events in places such as Aleppo in Syria, Mosul in Iraq, South Sudan and North East Nigeria.
Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al8EprTtx0U
The film, directed by Rebecca Gower, features animation based on characters from Stranger Things, but also pays homage to the Nativity. It’s a Christmas story mash-up with Christmas lights at the centre of the action, a nod to both Stranger Things and the charity’s Christmas appeal ‘Light the Way’. The appeal aims to offer a beacon of hope for those who’ve fled their homes in search of safety.
The charity is urging people to support its appeal this festive season, so that it can continue to provide critical support to some of the millions of people worldwide who have been forced to leave their homes through fear and uncertainty in the worst global displacement crisis since World War Two.
Loretta Minghella, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, said: “As we celebrate Christmas, we’re calling out to people across the UK to remember the millions of children, mothers and fathers currently fleeing from conflict, who are less fortunate than ourselves - those who are lonely, desperate and without their family by their side.
“We may never be touched by the same desperation or fear of violence. But the same sun warms us, the same stars guide us, and the same light can bring us each out of darkness.
“Through our local partner organisations, Christian Aid is working in war-torn countries, as well as in Europe, to provide vital support to those forced out of their homes.
“This Christmas, another human being needs a beacon of hope. You can be the one to light the way towards a brighter future.”
Ashley Leighton Plom, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Devon, said: “Within a few weeks of his birth, Jesus’ family were forced to flee violence and escape into Egypt in fear for their lives.
“Many of the people Christian Aid will support with the funds from this appeal have little else but violence and chaos since they were born.
“It’s great to see the people of Devon coming together this Christmas to offer a guiding light of kindness to those walking in darkness.”
For information, or to donate to the Christmas Appeal, visit www.christianaid.org.uk/Christmas and Tweet using #Lighttheway.