In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 photo, Syrian refugee Ahmed Abrouch, 8, who fled with his family from Aleppo Syria, makes a living by selling flowers on the Mediterranean Sea waterfront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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