AMANI, AYA, YAZAN, SEDRA
CITY OF ORIGIN: HOMS
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 10 MONTHS
STATUS: EXTREME POVERTY, INSTABILITY, VIOLENCE
OUR FAMILY: AMANI (12), AYA (8), YAZAN (10), SEDRA (5)
We left our home in Homs after being internally displaced for months. We were constantly in fear as the violence surrounding us grew more intense. Our city became a battle ground for different groups. Since we left, we have all tried to stay in school, however life is so unstable, and the possibility of sacrificing our education in order to support our family is high. Since Karam visited our home last month, we were reassured that we will be able to continue our education. We are so excited; Amani is going to begin 7th grade, Aya will continue 2nd grade, Yazan will be starting 4th grade, and Sedra is very excited to begin 1st grade.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer we went to the park to play a lot. It is nice to go play outside! We are really excited about school so that we can play with our friends and so that we can study. We are sad that the summer is over and that we’ll be not going to the park as much, but that’s okay because we are all looking forward to learning more Turkish."
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "We got our exam results back this semester and we all did very well. School is really fun and every day, we wake up just before my dad wants to wake us up for classes. He thinks it is really funny how excited we get. My favorite teacher so far is my Turkish teacher. She is very nice and a very good instructor. Aya and Sedra also like their Turkish teachers. Yazan really likes his religious studies instructor. My best friend at school is Ahlam -she and I always sit next to each other and share secrets. I am glad because my siblings all have friends to play with at school too!" -Love, Amani
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