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A pledging conference for Syria took place on Wednesday 30 January in Kuwait City to raise much needed funds to help those affected by the conflict there. The international donor community pledged more than $1.5 billion in support of the humanitarian response. More than 700,000 people have fled Syria seeking safety in neighbouring countries and beyond and the number is rising by the day. Here, the people who have fled tell their story.
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Once the centre of the Islamic Caliphate, Syria covers an area that has seen invasions and occupations over the ages, from Romans and Mongols to Crusaders and Turks.
More than five years of conflict in Syria have seen one in five Syrians forced to flee their homes, leaving behind homes, jobs, friends and family for a life of uncertainty and desperate survival. Sadly, over half of refugees fleeing Syria are children.
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