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Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

Syrian Kurdish people return to the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 30, 2015International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria’s humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait’s emir warned was the worst in “modern history”. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in “poverty, misery and deprivation”. Addressing the closing session of the Third International Pledging Conference for Syria, Ban welcomed the promised funds as “very generous”. Ban said later at a news conference that as many as “16 million Syrians need assistance,” including five millions in areas hard to reach because of fighting.

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