AHMAD and abdullah
CITY OF ORIGIN: IDLIB
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 4 YEARS
STATUS: EXTREME POVERTY, ORPHANED FROM FATHER
OUR FAMILY: ABDULLAH (9), AHMAD (17)
We left our home in Syria to escape the violence and to continue our education. Our father died before we left Syria. Our mother is our sole caretaker. She works odd jobs to support all of us and to send us to school. We see our mother struggling to afford our living expenses. We love school and we want to continue our education. Since Karam visited us last month, we are able to attend school and feel less worried for our mother.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer we both took Qu’ran classes and visited our relatives. We really missed our friends and our school during our vacation. Abdullah wants to be first in his class because there’s a prize that you get when you’re first. I really hope he gets it." - Ahmad + Abdullah
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "This semester, we got our results back and we did really well on our exams. Abdullah got first in his class, just like he wanted. My favorite classes are Physics and Chemistry and I love tinkering around and making inventions. I use the internet every day to find things to make. My best friend, Qader, moved to Ankara, but we still keep in touch online every day. Abdullah is very popular and is friends with almost everyone in his entire class." -Love, Ahmad
UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "Ahmad loves math class and playing soccer these days, meanwhile I love drawing. I don't have a favorite color because I like them all. Ahmad did really well in school, I am so proud of him. I came out fourth in my class. Our mom is also proud of us. We are also making new friends, which is really exciting." -Love Abdullah
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “I am now in grade 12 and am excited to be going back to school. The teachers at our school are great and they always encourage us. This year, me and my brother Ahmed want to rank first in our classes. I am excited to be an engineer when I am older. My mom is so happy we are in school while she develops her sewing business at home!” - Abdullah
UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “I got a full mark on my maths and sciences tests! At home my mother helps me with my homeworks, and at school my teacher and my friends Khaled and Zain help me. Ahmed and I are always excited to be going to school, however it is a little difficult for us to fully express ourselves in Turkish. My science teacher is my favourite and she recently gave me an award for being a good student. Ahmad goes to Karam Lab and he is currently working on doing a 3D giraffe” – Abdullah.
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