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Last week, the new school year started in several parts across Syria.

For 9-year-old Judy, who lives in the Old City, on the eastern parts of Aleppo, going to school is a challenge.

Schools were closed since violence escalated in east Aleppo in the past weeks.

Judy’s school was affected by the violence and bombing several times in the past years. Houses around the school were damaged but every morning Judy would walk to school with her friends through the rubble.

A few days ago, Judy with other children in east Aleppo were able to go back to school.

“I go to school every day except for the times when I hear the planes,” she explains.

When we met Judy last week, her wish was for the closed road to open: “I wish this roads opens soon so I can go see my brother who lives in another city and just got married. I haven’t even met his wife yet,” Judy says.

The road did not open and instead, heavy bombardment and shelling continued.

Electricity is not available in most parts of the city of Aleppo. Some parts are more affected than others, but in east Aleppo where Judy lives, electricity is largely unavailable especially given fuel shortages. “I wish we get some electricity back so I can watch cartoons on TV,” Judy says.

In Syria one in four schools don’t function and schools were attacked over 4,000 times since the beginning of the crisis in 2011. Over 2 million children remain out of school and another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as escalated fighting, displacement and financial challenges are forcing them out of their protective environments at schools and in playgrounds.

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

 

“I go to school every day except for the times when I hear the planes,” Judy explains.

 “Judy’s school was affected by the violence and bombing several times in the past years. Houses around the school were damaged but every morning Judy would walk to school with her friends through the rubble.

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

 

Judy, 9, on her way back home from school in eastern Aleppo city, Syria’s most populous city. When we met Judy last week, her wish was for the closed road to open: “I wish this roads opens soon so I can go see my brother who lives in another city and just got married. I haven’t even met his wife yet,” Judy says.

Her favourite subject is English. “My older sister helps me study. I love this topic so much,” Judy says. When we met Judy last week, her wish was for the road to reopen: “I want the road to reopen because I want to see my brother who lives in another city and got married. I haven’t met his wife yet,” Judy says. Little did she know, the road did not reopen, instead, heavy bombardment and shelling was the alternative that cost her so far her ability to continue going to school like any normal child in the world.

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

 

Children walking by the rubble in Aleppo on their way back from school. The first week of school for children in east Aleppo as in many areas across the war-torn country is not as any other child’s. In many parts of Syria, children started returning to school. 1 in 4 schools in Syria are not functioning and schools were attacked over 4,000 times since the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Over 2 million children remain out of school and another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as escalated fighting, displacement and financial challenges are forcing them out of their protective environments at schools and in playgrounds.

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Aleppo/Zayat

 

A child walks by the rubble in Aleppo on his way back home. The first week of school for children in east Aleppo as in many areas across the war-torn country is not as any other child’s. In many parts of Syria, children started returning to school. 1 in 4 schools in Syria are not functioning and schools were attacked over 4,000 times since the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Over 2 million children remain out of school and another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as escalated fighting, displacement and financial challenges are forcing them out of their protective environments at schools and in playgrounds.

 

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