The Humanitarian Newsletter October 14 - October 28, 2013 Humanitarian Spotlight: Disaster Preparedness Saves Lives as Cyclone Phailin Hits Eastern


The Humanitarian Newsletter

October 14 - October 28, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Disaster Preparedness Saves Lives as Cyclone Phailin Hits Eastern India

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A woman returns to the village of Arjipalli on India's Bay of Bengal coast on October 13.

Millions of people in eastern India are in need of emergency relief and assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, which made landfall from the Bay of Bengal on Saturday. The cyclone, with winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) and tidal waves reaching 3 meters (9.8 ft) high, is the most powerful storm to hit the country's coast in 14 years. The storm ravaged tens of thousands of homes, destroyed much of the coast’s farmland, and damaged transportation and communication infrastructure. 25 people have been reported dead.

Considering past storms of this strength have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, the relatively low death toll is considered to be a direct result of the extensive disaster preparedness measures undertaken by the country’s disaster preparedness teams in advance of the storm. Mass evacuations were promptly initiated after the early warnings of meteorologists, and over 800,000 people were safely moved to shelters as the storm hurtled towards the coast, making it one of the biggest and most rapid evacuations in India’s history.

Technological advances in meteorological forecasts greatly aided in the advance warning systems, allowing for early warning messages to begin five days before the storm’s arrival and food rations and packaged drinking water to be pre-positioned in shelters. Alerts were issued widely across all media outlets and also sent out via SMS.

India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and many of its 1.2 billion people live in areas vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, droughts and earthquakes. The country’s effective use of disaster preparedness in advance of Cyclone Phailin reveals the importance of proper disaster management plans, but not all of India is well prepared. More investment is needed in order to ensure country-wide preparedness to limit the disastrous effects of extreme weather.

For more information, please visit:
* Analysis: How a prepared India saved lives during storm – Reuters
* Cyclone Phailin: India relieved at low death toll– CNN
* Spotlight: Hurricanes and cyclones – Reuters
* Spotlight: Disaster risk reduction – Reuters

Special Feature: Update on Syria


Four aid workers were released today, 24 hours after their abduction in northern Syria. Three aid workers are still missing, after the group was kidnapped by gunmen following a four-day mission to deliver medical supplies.

Despite calls for unfettered humanitarian access by NGOs and the U.N., aid groups continue to face growing security concerns which delay aid delivery and hamper relief efforts. U.N. officials report that only 12 international aid groups are approved by the Syrian government and convoys of aid trucks struggle to meet increasing demand.

Predictions for the country’s humanitarian situation are grim, with the U.N. expecting another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country. In recent weeks, the U.N. has been shifting its focus to prepare for the long term, using an integrated approach to strengthen the coping capacity of neighboring countries who are faced with a continuing influx of Syrian refugees.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
* "Kidnapping of aid workers in Syria adds another layer to conflict" – Christian Science Monitor
* Spotlight : Refugees and Displacement – Reuters
* Spotlight : Syria’s civil war – Reuters
* “Syrian child refugees face exploitation” – UNICEF/ Reuters

New York City Events

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Tuesday, October 15, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
"Current Humanitarian Challenges - Two Perspectives: Switzerland and the ICRC"

This panel discussion, organized by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) in conjunction with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, will feature an introduction by Ambassador François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland in New York, and Brendan Cahill, Executive Director of the IIHA. The panel will feature Ambassador Manuel Bessler of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Walter Füllemann, Head of Delegation to the UN for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with Professor Larry Hollingworth, Humanitarian Programs Director at the IIHA, as moderator. The discussion will be followed by a coffee and networking session.

To RSVP for the event, please email Kasia Laskowski at

Location: 12th Floor Lounge, E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

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Thursday, October 17, 6:00 PM
Gold Fever Screening at Fordham University

The screening of this award-winning documentary will be followed by a discussion featuring filmmaker Andrew Sherburne, Oxfam America’s Sofia Vergara, and Boston University Professor Renata Keller. Visit the movie page at: and the Facebook page at: Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Institute, the History Department, and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University.

Location: Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

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Thursday, October 17, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
"New Approaches to Social Accountability and Institution Building: Reboot's Work in the Niger Delta"

The International Public Service Association and BRIDGE (Students for Social Innovation) are co-sponsoring this event. Reboot is a social enterprise that works to deliver inclusive governance and services worldwide. In Nigeria, this includes pioneering new analytical finances and models of engagement to reform public finances. At this discussion, Reboot Director of Programs Dave Algoso will talk about Reboot’s approach to social issues and what that entails for the broader sector.

To RSVP for this event: Please visit their website.

Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012


Friday, October 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Taking Action Against the Gender-Related Killings of Women and Girls Panel Discussion

This discussion will focus on fighting impunity against femicides in light of the resolution reached at the 22nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The panel will draw attention to methods for stopping femicides, including improving methods of investigation, prosecution, and punishment of the perpetrators, raising awareness, and introducing new legislation.

To RSVP for this event: Please contact Daisy Amornvivat at or (212) 754-2230

Location: Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building, 1 Avenue (at East 46th Street), United Nations, New York, 10017


Monday, October 21, 12:30 PM
South Africa: Transition, Democracy, and the Courts Lecture

This event will feature Dikgang Moseneke, Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner. The lecture will be moderated by Professor Gay McDougall, a Mulligan Distinguished Visiting Professor in International Law at Fordham Law School.

To RSVP: Please contact Larry Bridgett at or fill out this form.

Location: Fordham Law School, Room 430 B/C, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023


Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
See The Change: A MADRE Photo Exhibit

MADRE, an international women’s rights organization, is hosting this photo exhibit with Laura Flanders, a groundbreaking journalist and MADRE board member, to celebrate 30 years of activism for women and families. Tickets are $100, though there are a number of tickets available for $50 on first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds will go towards MADRE's work demanding rights, resources, and results for women worldwide.

Location: White Space Chelsea, 530 West 25th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001

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Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 PM
The 2013 UN Day Humanitarian of the Year Award Gala Dinner - New York

The United Nations Association of New York's Humanitarian Awards Dinner is an opportunity to commemorate United Nations Day while recognizing leading individuals and organizations for their prominent contributions to and support of the ideals and work of the United Nations. The Dinner brings together policymakers, diplomats, United Nations supporters, business leaders, and celebrities to call attention to the vital role the UN plays in helping the global community advance peace, prosperity and justice and to honor individuals and corporations for their global leadership in advancing UN causes.

Location: Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019


Thursday, October 24, 1:30 PM - 9:30 PM Sustaining Peace Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

This month the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at the Earth Institute at Colombia University is hosting this conference on conflict resolution, violence prevention, and peace and sustainability. The conference will include a keynote address by Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, a book discussion, an information and poster session, and nine 50 minute workshops.

To register for the event: Please visit this link.

Location: Teachers College, Colombia University, 525 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027


Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Syria’s Refugees: The UN and the Global Community Response

The United Nations Association Brooklyn Chapter in collaboration with the UN Graduate Advanced Certificate Program of the Long Island University will bring together an expert panel to discuss the UN’s and global community’s role in helping refugees with a focus on the civil war in Syria. Speakers will include Brian Hansford: Senior Public Information Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Maryellen Fullerton, JD: Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and a representative from the NGO community.

The event is open to 80 attendees on an RSVP basis.

Location: Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, Library Learning Center Room 124, One University Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Iran: Silenced, Expelled, and Imprisoned Panel Discussion

Organized by the Center for Public Scholarship at the New School and Amnesty International, this panel discussion will focus on the ongoing imprisonment and persecution of students and scholars in Iran. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

To RSVP for the event: Please email

Location: The New School, Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 1011

International Events


Thursday, October 24 - Sunday, October 27
World Conference on Humanitarian Studies - Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses

The "Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses" conference brings together two annual events, the Istanbul Human Security Conference and the World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. As a close collaboration between the International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA), the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has in Istanbul.

The panel sessions address our four conference themes in innovative and interactive formats to engage both the academic and practitioner communities. We warmly invite paper proposals for the panel sessions. Find the complete list of accepted panels on our website under Proposed Panels.

Location: Kadir Has Campus (Cibali) - Kadir Has Universitesi Kultur Merkezi, Cibali Mh., Fatih, 34083 - Istanbul, Turkey

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Thursday, October 24 - Friday, October 25
Urban Age City Transformations Conference

Organised by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society, the 2013 Urban Age conference will investigate the impact of large scale urban development projects on the social, economic, political and physical make-up of cities.

The conference will be held in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro in October 2013 and will act as a platform for exchange and debate amongst over 150 policy-makers, academics, urban designers, architects, and representatives of NGOs and local community groups

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27
The XV Humanitarian Congress Berlin Conference

Each year the Humanitarian Congress Berlin brings together experts and students from all different subject areas to exchange information, experiences, and ideas involving humanitarian aid. The Congress offers a “unique mix of medical and political keynote speeches and debates. Besides that, a number of workshops inform about the most recent (medical and logistical) developments in humanitarian assistance.” The conference will be held in English, and will focus on the role of photography in the representation of humanitarian crises. If you have any questions, please email

To register: Please complete this form.

Location: Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK), Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany


Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Introduction to Water Supply in Emergencies Training Course

Introduction to Water Supply in Emergencies is one of four courses that are being run as a part of RedR’s WASH Week; other courses include WASH Essentials, Introduction to Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies, and Introduction to Sanitation in Emergencies. This course is aimed at those approaching water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH) for the first time. The cost of this workshop varies per day. There is a discount for early signup.

To register for this event: Please fill out this form.

Location: RedR, 250a Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5RD


Wednesday, November 6, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Book Launch: "Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World"

In his book, Aid on the Edge of Chaos, author Ben Ramalingam argues that a new approach to foreign aid is needed that could make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, more innovative, and more catalytic. This book launch will present the main themes and findings of Ramalingam’s Aid on the Edge of Chaos and provide an opportunity for discussion and debate with the author and other speakers from the international development world.

To register for this event: Follow this link.

Location: 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom


Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 - 5:30 PM and
Thursday, November 14, 9:30 - 5:00 PM

AidEx 2013

AidEx is an international humanitarian and development aid event. Held annually in Brussels, it includes a leading conference, exhibition and programme for practical workshops to help professionals within the community improve the efficiency and sustainability of aid. AidEx is completely free to attend and will offer thousands of professionals the opportunity to learn from and engage with other aid professionals and leaders in the humanitarian sector.

Location: Brussels Expo, Belgieplein - 1 - Place de Belgique, B-1020 - Brussels, Belgium


Tuesday, November 19 - Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Integrating Environmental Issues Into Humanitarian Action

This training course in Switzerland is aimed to help humanitarian workers build their capacity to integrate an environmentally-friendly approach into their programs. By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify links between conflict, disasters, humanitarian action, and the environment. Participants will analyze the environmental context to assess potential impacts and opportunities.

To RSVP for the event: Please email Anna Lear at

Location: Bocage Annex 2, Room 14 (19 November) and Room 2 (20 November), Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland

Online Events


Wednesday, October 16, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Education in Emergencies Webinar: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

The INEE Minimum Standards for Education express a commitment that all individuals have the right to education, even in the midst of crises. These standards are the only global tool to articulate the minimum level of education quality and access in emergencies through to recovery. Attendees of the webinar will learn how to apply these standards in the field, lessons learned from their implementation, and how the INEE Minimum Standards can be used to advocate for greater attention to educational services at both the national and international levels.

To join the conversation, please register here.

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Thursday, October 17, 9:30 AM
"World Disasters Report 2013 Launch Webinar"

Harvard University, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, HHI, and the American Red Cross will be holding two panel discussions to launch this year’s World Disasters Report. The first panel will be broadcasted online at 9:30 AM EST and the second, similar discussion will be broadcasted at 4:00 PM EST. This year’s report has a focus on technology and the future of humanitarian intervention. Speakers will highlight key findings from the report and how governments, humanitarian actors, private sector, and academia are currently using and advancing technology to address global problems.

To RSVP for the 9:30 AM panel: Please click here.

To RSVP for the 4:00 PM panel: Please click here.

Job Opportunities


Save The Children International – Education Working Group Coordinator – Syria Response, Turkey

Save The Children, the world’s leading independent organization for children, is looking to hire an individual as their Education Working Group Coordinator. This person would work closely with the Child Protection Working Group’s leaders. The EWG Coordinator will take responsibility for the management of the EWG to ensure that it fulfills the key humanitarian coordination functions previously laid out. The role is for 12 months, and is based in Antakya, Turkey.

To apply: Please send resume/CV and cover letter to:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


CARE International UK (CIUK) – Programme Funding Executive, London

CARE International UK (CIUK) is looking for a motivated and results-oriented individual to join our Programme Funding Unit and support the development of their five year organisational fundraising strategy.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


Oxfam GB – Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Coordinator, Various Locations

Oxfam GB has an opening with their Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSPs) as part of the Emergency Good Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL) team. The EFSVL team promotes improvements in the quality and accountability of EFSVL programs and policies within Oxfam and the international system. The Coordinator, in this case, will report to the Head of EFSVL.

Application Deadline: October 24, 2013

Ironbound Community Corporation – Disaster Relief Program Manager, New Jersey

The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) is looking for job candidates who are familiar with the assessment and delivery of post-disaster relief services to be their Disaster Relief Program Manager. This person would supervise, coordinate, manage, and work collaboratively with their staff, delivering high quality services to residents in need in a wide range of post-Sandy services. The candidate must have a BA or a minimum of 3 years of non-profit work experience, be bilingual in English/Spanish, and office skills. The position will stay open until filled.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Disaster Relief Program Manager.”


International Rescue Committee - Director, Media & Communications, New York

As a core member of the External Relations Department, the Director, Media and Communications oversees media relations for the International Rescue Committee and conceptualizes and executes strategies to raise the organization’s visibility, strengthen its credibility and brand, generate funding and spotlight key issues. Working collaboratively, the position develops and steers public positions and external messaging, provides leadership and training to global staff in effective communications and devises and directs media and communications initiatives that support public advocacy, marketing and fundraising campaigns.


International Rescue Committee – Community of Practice Facilitator, Markets in Emergencies, New York

The Markets in Emergencies Community of Practice Facilitator will be responsible for growing and broadening a community of practitioners by stimulating vibrant discussions through various social media networks, encouraging the sharing and support dissemination of field-based learning, and to transform the EMMA website and social-media platforms into dynamic resources for individuals conducting EMMA and other types of market assessments.

Internship Opportunities

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Foreign Policy Association - Program Outreach Intern

The Foreign Policy Association is known for raising awareness of, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. The Foreign Policy Association is currently seeking a program outreach intern for its Great Decisions discussion group program. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book, and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association. The Great Decisions Program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year.

Application Deadline: October 8, 2013


American Red Cross - International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Team Leader

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the body of law that places basic limits on how war is waged. It seeks to limit the destruction caused by war and protect the life and human dignity of those out of combat, such as civilians or wounded soldiers. The American Red Cross is seeking IHL Action Campaign Team Leaders to facilitate hands-on, experiential activities among a small group of youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. The aim is to teach youth that “Even Wars Have Limits” and to develop them into critical thinkers, problem solvers, and compassionate global citizens.

To apply, please contact:

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013


International Rescue Committee - Training Administration Intern, New York

The International Rescue Committee seeks a part-time intern who will play an important role in supporting US Programs’ training and learning initiatives by assisting with various training-related tasks including – evaluation, development of learning materials, and general administrative support. All applicants must be a current or recently matriculated graduate student in Social Work, Administration, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or a related field.


Council on Foreign Relations – Center for Preventative Action Volunteer Intern, New York

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is looking for interns in a variety of fields, including International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, History, and Public Policy. The volunteer duties of the intern include providing research, analysis, and administrative support on CPA projects related to the UN, conflict prevention, and US national security policy, in addition to other tasks.

The Council on Foreign Relations accepts internship applications on a semester basis.

Workforce Humanity: Humanitarian Internship Program

Workforce Humanity offers an internship program for post-graduate or entry-level aid and development workers who wish to be placed in a local NGO after the internship’s completion. Workforce Humanity aims to improve social and economic conditions in developing countries from a bottom-up approach by empowering grassroots action by partnering with local NGOs.

For more information, please email: or call (347) 706-1513

MADRE - Internships, New York

MADRE is looking to hire several types of interns including a Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern. The Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern would be responsible for maintaining donor and inventory databases, engaging in ongoing aid campaigns, and researching women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches, as well as other tasks. MADRE is accepting applications through rolling admissions on a semester basis.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

Call for Papers

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) - SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Research Areas 2 and 5

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is issuing a Second Call for Abstracts as part of the development of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15). The GAR15 will be published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, in which governments will adopt a successor framework to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

The purpose of this Call for Abstracts is to encourage more research investigating the degree to which the HFA has been fit-for-purpose in affecting change in the management of disaster risk, and in so doing, contribute to both the formulation of the successor framework to the HFA (the HFA2), as well as the development of indicators for effectively measuring the impact of the forthcoming framework.

For more information, please visit:

Submission Deadline: October 17, 2013


InterAction's Monthly Developments Magazine - CALL FOR ARTICLES

Currently seeking submissions on the following topics:
-The year in review: Highlights of what affected the aid community in 2013 and what we can expect in 2014.
-Is cash really best? Giving cash directly to beneficiaries rather than spending it on programs is a hotly debated topic. What are the implications of such a tactic? Is it sustainable? Is it empowering people to make the best choices for their situation, or is it simply creating financial dependency?
-Making the best of your rural posting: Working in remote areas requires a special set of coping mechanisms. Staying in touch, health care, supplies, and entertainment are a whole different ballgame compared to your urban counterparts.
What tips & tricks have you've learned that others could benefit from?
-Other topics as suggested by you!

Articles should be between 1200-2000 words in length. Prior to submission, interested contributors must obtain approval from the managing editor by sending a brief summary to Chad Brobst at Writer guidelines can be found here.

December Issue Deadline (for FINAL draft submissions of approved articles): October 21, 2013

IIHA Humanitarian Programs

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International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 40)

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International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The IIHA has established the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, available to undergraduate students at Fordham College Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. This interdisciplinary minor offers students a comprehensive understanding of issues central to contemporary humanitarian affairs. The Minor offers an in-depth analysis of the humanitarian field, enabling students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, please visit our website

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA): The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.

For more information about the Masters in International Humanitarian Action, please visit our website

Upcoming IIHA Training Courses

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Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course (HNTC 11) Barcelona, October 2013

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, working with external humanitarian partners, offers programs throughout the world at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through these programs, IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an academic approach with the shared practical experience of faculty, external speakers and students.

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