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The world held its breath as a ceasefire to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from war-torn Aleppo briefly raised hopes for an end to the bloody conflict in Syria’s largest city. Those hopes were dashed within hours as shelling and bombing resumed on Wednesday — a fitting reminder of the ongoing need for Canadians to do what they can to help those caught in the crossfire of global conflicts. Samantha Nutt of War Child Canada has visited some of the world’s most brutal war zones. She says many of the 22 active conflicts around the world will become more deadly in 2017. “I think you are going to see an ongoing displacement of civilians, human rights abuses, atrocities, and a population that is extremely traumatized in a region that is heavily, heavily divided,” she told CTV’s Power Play of the situation playing out in Syria. “That violence is unfortunately going to continue for quite some time.”

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