Nearly seven months ago when fighting broke out in Qamishlo, a city in north eastern Syria, Narmin, 17, and her family fled for their lives.
They embarked on a difficult and long journey over several days through dusty lands and scorching sun until they crossed into northern Iraq. They ended up in Kawargosk refugee camp, in Erbil.
‘’We suffered through terrible conditions with very little food and water until we arrived here. At first there was no school and I had no friends. My life seemed to have turned upside down. But now, four month on, I go to school, I have new friends, have food to eat …live in a good environment and feel secure’’ says a smiling Narmin.
Narmin’s eyes sparkle as she continues to describe her school and how much she enjoys her classes.
Education is very important to Syrian refugee children who had to flee a violent conflict at home and as now they relish their renewed opportunities for learning in their new homes, at the refugee camps.
“Even though we had to leave our home, I feel empowered through education but some of the girls in this camp cannot come to classes for various reasons.” Narim adds.
Motivated to help her peers, Narim meets with the girls regularly and mainly in the evenings and recounts what she has learnt during the day at school. She wants the other girls in the camp to also be a part of the learning process even if they cannot come physically to school.
“I am delighted that I can help my friends. Some of them thank me and tell me that I should become a teacher in the future. I want to create hope and peace in the camp.”