ABC also added a couple of interesting features from abroad that did have a Yuletide hook.
From Ghana, ABC's Mike Lee traced what happens to those millions of articles of used clothing that Americans donate to help the poor. Roughly one third is sold by charities to raise funds rather than given away to be worn--and ends up eventually as wares on the stalls of African street vendors. "Cheap used American clothes are one reason why local clothing makers are losing tens of thousands of jobs," was one criticism Lee cited.
From the Holy Land, Wilf Dinnick showed us what the contemporary trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem looks like, following the 36-mile route that the pregnant Virgin Mary took by Biblical tradition. He crossed borders; paid customs taxes; faced military barricades. The final stage, from Jericho to Bethlehem, is impassable, cut off by the Israeli security fence.
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