Undercovered: Syrian Students Return to School Reclaimed From ISIS to Take Exams

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According to a remarkable report from AFP, Syrian teenagers travelled, some of them 100 miles, to resume their education after the land on which their school stood was reclaimed from ISIS forces.

In regions that ISIS had conquered, the group shut down education and converted the schools into prisons and other institutional buildings. Tahami Abdullah, a school official, told AFP, “They turned our schools into prisons or what they called ‘recruitment centers.'”

The United Nations says that as many as 2 million children in Syria do not attend school.

One student, a young girl, said that resuming her education was a “way for me to lift the spirits of my parents and my people.”

You can view the complete AFP report here.

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