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Allison Begalman, a student at the University of Southern California, wears goggles and headphones to experience a virtual mortar strike on civilians in Aleppo, Syria. James Delahoussaye /NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq's Christian libraries. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Parallels

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

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