Akram Abu al-Foz takes a picture of a Christmas tree he decorated from empty shells which he collected and painted on, in the rebel held besieged city of Douma

The first noel

whistles through the air

to land explosively in a manger


Tis the season to be jolly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our bullet proof vests


Hark! the herald missiles sing for Russian jets are on the wing.

No peace on earth, no mercy mild, no-one here is reconciled


O Come, all ye hate-filled and triumphant,

O go ye, O go ye, far, far away


There is no silent night, nor holy night!

Calm is lost for all in sight


Only in death can you

sleep in heavenly peace.


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