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The Monitor's View Lessons for Syria from Colombia

As it nears a historic peace deal to end a long civil war, Colombia’s leaders say the key was giving the victims of the conflict a seat at the table. It created a tender mutuality and compassion that eased the peace process.

More than 60 nations gathered in London on Thursday and pledged $10 billion in aid for those displaced by the war in Syria. The amount is the largest raised in one day in response to a humanitarian crisis. The outpouring of compassion will certainly help the material needs of the 6.5 million displaced. But even more, this global focus on those most affected by the war might also help hasten its end.

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