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War changes everything, yet nothing about war ever really changes.Now is the time to double down on efforts to bring about a political solution for the South Sudanese people, resolve longstanding land-rights disputes, address basic human needs, promote the rule of law and pave the way for the demilitarization of the country's youth by ramping up aid spending on employment-generating skills, education, and economic development.And yet, of the $1.27 billion for which the United Nations has appealed in this crisis in 2014, it has so far secured less than 10 percent.We should also know that in any war-torn country, the period after hostilities officially end is often as volatile, with as many humanitarian needs, as the period that preceded it. The best way to ensure war's departure is through humanitarian interventions that not only save lives, but also give people reasons to live.Similar investments will be necessary in Syria when the bloodshed stops, to ensure that the Syrian people avoid the prolonged agony well known to families in Sudan, Congo, and Somalia.Though we continue to say "never again," human beings show little inclination to stop waging war, so we better learn, and keep on learning, how to mitigate the suffering.
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