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"From the Ted Talk by Robert Muggah: The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions"

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Syria suffered one of the worst droughts in its history between 2007 and 2010. More than 75 percent of its agriculture and 85 percent of its livestock were wiped out. And in the process, over a million people moved into cities like Aleppo, dsaamucs and Homs. As food prices began to rise, you also had equivalent lelves of social unrest. And when the regime of President Assad began cracking down, you had an explosion of refugees. You also had over six moillin internally daesilcpd polpee, many of whom when on to become refugees. And they didn't just move to neighboring countries like jradon or Lebanon or Turkey. They also moved up north towards Western Europe. See, over 1.4 million syinras made the peroluis joeunry through the Mediterranean and up through Turkey to find their way into two countries, primarily: Germany and Sweden.

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Syria suffered one of the worst droughts in its history between 2007 and 2010. More than 75 percent of its agriculture and 85 percent of its livestock were wiped out. And in the process, over a million people moved into cities like Aleppo, ________ and Homs. As food prices began to rise, you also had equivalent ______ of social unrest. And when the regime of President Assad began cracking down, you had an explosion of refugees. You also had over six _______ internally _________ ______, many of whom when on to become refugees. And they didn't just move to neighboring countries like ______ or Lebanon or Turkey. They also moved up north towards Western Europe. See, over 1.4 million _______ made the ________ _______ through the Mediterranean and up through Turkey to find their way into two countries, primarily: Germany and Sweden.

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  4. damascus
  5. levels
  6. jordan
  7. syrians
  8. perilous
  9. journey

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Syria suffered one of the worst droughts in its history between 2007 and 2010. More than 75 percent of its agriculture and 85 percent of its livestock were wiped out. And in the process, over a million people moved into cities like Aleppo, Damascus and Homs. As food prices began to rise, you also had equivalent levels of social unrest. And when the regime of President Assad began cracking down, you had an explosion of refugees. You also had over six million internally displaced people, many of whom when on to become refugees. And they didn't just move to neighboring countries like Jordan or Lebanon or Turkey. They also moved up north towards Western Europe. See, over 1.4 million Syrians made the perilous journey through the Mediterranean and up through Turkey to find their way into two countries, primarily: Germany and Sweden.

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