Dala, HADIYA, MOHAMMAD, SEIF
CITY OF ORIGIN: IDLIB
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 8 MONTHS
OUR FAMILY: DALA (11), HADIYA (10), MOHAMMAD (8), SEIF (6)
OUR STORY: 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, however she is currently learning how to sew so that she can work as a seamstress. We love going to school. Dalia and Hadiya have been out of school for a year, however look forward to starting school after Karam visited our home las month.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer, we traveled to Istanbul to visit our friends. While we are excited to go to school, Mohammad is a little upset because he is really going to miss our relatives in Istanbul. We are going to all study a lot and become first in the class. Our mommy has been inspired by us and she will be also going back to school to learn how to read and write this year!"
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "We did very well this semester. My grades are steadily improving, which is really important. Hadiya and I love English class, while Seif loves Turkish class. We are settling into school really well and everyone has their own group of friends, but we still play together from time to time." -Love, Dala
UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "Hadiya and I both love drawing and it is our favorite subject in school. I like drawing my friends and Hadiya likes drawing flowers. Mohammad loves sports and math. Saif loves to play tag with his friends – but he always loses and complains about losing! We made new friends this semester and it makes me so happy." -Love, Dala
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “The best thing about school is my Arabic teacher, I love her and enjoy her class the most. Last year I came out fourth in class, this year my goal is to be the first. We all don’t like living in Reyhanli and would like to go somewhere where people are nicer.” – Dala
UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “School is very nice, my teachers love me since I am good student and they alway give me stars. At home my siblings help me with my homework. Today my teacher thanked me for cleaning up the classroom. We all have our different dreams and we study hard to be able to achieve them. After school we do our homework and play together.” – Saif.
UPDATE - MAY 2018: “My hero is Orpheus, he was a legendary Greek musician, it is said that he was able to charm all living things and even stones with his music. My brother Saif loves Superman because he’s strong. We always play with our friends in school, and we make sure to study hard and get good grades because if we do our mom would take us to the park as a reward.” – Dala’.
UPDATE- AUGUST 2018: “My favorite animal is the parrot, since they’re just like humans. Hadiya loves rabbits because they are so soft and claims they are her friends. I have so many ambitions that will come into reality one day. Mohammad wants to become an artist one day and Saif wants to become a businessman and a pirate. I took a Turkish course this summer. My best memory during the summer break was going to Antakia with my school.” - Dala’.
UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018: “I moved to a new school, and I have a friend Amina who is very happy and comedic! If I were a teacher, I would teach Arabic and teach in a way that pleased the students. In five years, I’ll be in tenth grade and will be big. I’ll tell myself to accomplish my dreams and my mother’s dreams because she works hard for us.” - Hadiya
UPDATE - APRIL 2019: “My favorite place in school is the space behind it because I can play ball there! During our mid-year break from school, I got to play a lot, and I went on trips. I love playing with my friends Zain and Mohammed, and I feel strongest when I’m able to help my friends! I love teaching them how to play ball. ” - Mohammad Nour
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019: “I visited the doctor and he told me I have to go to a specialist in Antakia because I have a minor issue in my right leg. Honestly, it's kind of exciting I get to go to Antakia. Other than that, school is going pretty well. Both my Turkish and Arabic classes are going great! It feels really cool to be able to connect the languages and speak them both. Not many people know more than one language!” — Seif
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