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Julie Angus is used to a challenge. The 38-year-old writer and Comox, B.C., resident was the first woman to paddle across the entire Atlantic Ocean, a journey she detailed in her book Rowboat in a Hurricane.

So when she decided to raise funds for her uncle “Ahmed,” a former Canadian resident whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons, and his family trapped in war-torn Aleppo, the Syrian-German-Canadian succeeded in raising $2,500 overnight via an online crowd-sourcing campaign.

A few days before Christmas, she was heartened by the support of the many Canadians who sent funds to help her family survive winter in the city that has become the de facto fault line for the Syrian conflict — one that has spawned half a million refugees and resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, since it began in 2011.

Aleppo, whose old city is a UNESCO…

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