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Gala at St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury raises funds for Christians in Syria

The Rev. Timothy Ferguson spoke to parishioners on Sunday at  St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Boston.
The Rev. Timothy Ferguson spoke to parishioners on Sunday at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Boston.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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As a civil war rages in his home country, Syrian native Moussa Sallale’s family in Damascus is under constant threat. Their next door neighbor’s house in the Syrian capital was destroyed by a missile. So was their church.

Sallale’s nephew is lucky to be alive after having survived a kidnapping. His sister died when she was unable to get her diabetes medication in time.

“I’m heartbroken,” Sallale, 85, of Westwood, said Sunday night at an event at St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury, where he and hundreds of Syrians addressed their grief and feeling of helplessness.

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