“…but Arabic and Math will remain mine”

By  Chris Herwig and Abed el Majeed, UNICEF Jordan December 2015 — 16 year old Mesh’al is a Syrian youth from Dar’aa, living in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Like many boys in the camp, he has not gone to school since moving here and works transporting people’s groceries across the massive camp which is […]

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“I want to be more than just a guy”

MAFRAQ, Jordan, April 2015 – “You stole my first eye and the second eye. Don’t put your hands on my children,” screams Hamed. The passion in this drama rehearsal reflects the reality on the ground, explains the 17-year old from Homs, Syria. He is acting as the wife in a play about domestic violence. “It […]

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In Homs, Qusay is not giving up on his dream: become an artist

Until 2012, Qusay was living in Khalidiya district of Homs. As the conflict in Syria expanded, he and his family left for Al-Waer in early 2015 followed by another move to Al-Hamra, also in the Homs province. “Since my childhood, I loved art. I have dreamt of being an actor, singing, and even being on […]

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Firas in Za’atari: From school drop out to role model

Four years ago Firas led a normal 12-year old boy’s life. He went to school in his hometown of Bosra as Sham, southern Syria, and spent time with friends and family. “I was in Grade 5 at school and then the crisis started and I haven’t been back since,” says Firas, now a mild mannered […]

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When she fled Syria , Hanan thought she would never see the inside of a classroom again

Za’atari Camp, Jordan – Hanan’s face moves only between the textbook on her desk and the teacher at the front of her class. The 18-year old from Dera’a, southern Syria, is focussed. It’s Hanan’s final school year and she’s studying at one of three UNICEF supported schools in Za’atari refugee camp, northern Jordan. “Education will […]

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