RADIA, ABSI, MOHAMMAD
CITY OF ORIGIN: IDLIB
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 2 YEARS
STATUS: EXTREME POVERTY, INSTABILITY, VIOLENCE
OUR FAMILY: RADIA (13), ABSI (12), MOHAMMAD (7)
We left our home in Idlib to escape the violence and heavy bombardment over our city. Our mother works as a maid in an orphanage and our father collects garbage. Since leaving our home in Idlib, Absi has not been able to attend school, instead he works odd jobs and often collects garbage with our father to help support our family. After Karam visited us last month, Absi is able to quit his job; he is looking forward to starting school. He will be starting 4th grade.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer, we visited our relatives, which was a little boring but they’re family, so what can we do? We are so excited to go back to school. Radia is so serious and excited because she is going to be a doctor one day, and we are all so happy. We are going to be learning computer sciences which is really exciting! One thing we will miss about the summer is seeing our grandmother but honestly, we are too excited to start school." - Mohamad + Absi
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "This semester we went on a field trip to the park and had a party for our teachers at school. I got pretty good grades and so did Absi and Mohammad. Absi, Mohammad, and I all love Math class. Some subjects are still a little difficult for us, but our father helps us study every day and he tells us that we are improving." -Love, Radia
UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "I love singing and my Arabic class and so does Radia. Absi loves our religious studies class. We are all doing well in school. Radia came out second in her class! Absi was third. Our mom is really proud of us. We all miss our grandparents though, and hope to see them soon." -Love Mohammad
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “Our lives are so much better now. A while ago during the summer we’ve been to a Theme Park, to the lake and visited some relatives. We joined Karam House as well, where we had a workshop about starting up a new firm. This year Mohammad wants to work hard since his goal is to be the best student in class, and he also wants to become a dentist one day.” – Radia
UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “I play with my friends during break at school, we also help each other in class so we could all understand better. Mohamad goes to a Syrian school but he was still able to learn Turkish and make Turkish friends. We go to Karam House and play football after school.” – Absi.
UPDATE - MAY 2018: “I have a lot of friends at school and we always play football during our break. I look up to Thoman Lemar; he’s a very talented football player. Everything in school is great, I love my teachers and I always get good grades, our mom always makes sure that we are studying well.” – Mohammad.
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