SAMI, MUHAMMAD, BAYAN, RAMA, ALAA, RAHAF, HAYDAR, NOOR
CITY OF ORIGIN: ALEPPO
TIME OF DISPLACEMENT: JULY 2016
STATUS: ORPHANED FROM FATHER, CHILD LABOR, EXTREME POVERTY
OUR FAMILY: SAMI (2002), MUHAMMAD (2004), BAYAN (2006), RAMA (2008), ALAA (2010), RAHAF (2011), HAYDAR (2013), NOOR (2015)
“Our father was killed in the shelling on Aleppo and we fled to Turkey in 2016. We are a big family and when what I was earning while working in textile wasn’t enough to support the family even when my uncle helped. I was out of school for two years and my brother Muhammad was out of school for a year when Karam came to see us. I don’t need to work now and I’m going to school along with my brothers and sisters. I want to become an officer when I grow up, Muhammad wants to be a surgeon and Bayan wants to be a painter.” – Sami.
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “I was out of school for 2 years now, but this year I start again. I was a bit scared in the beginning, but then I got excited. My younger brother Muhammad was out of school as well for a year, and he starts again this year. Over all my sisters are doing well at school and they are happy to be starting again. Each one us has a dream, and we’re working hard to pursue it.” – Sami.
UPDATE - DECEMBER 2017: “This year is going well so far for my siblings and I. We did our first exams and our grades are improving. I enjoy writing and whenever there is something difficult I ask mommy for help. In general we enjoy going to school, our school is Syrian but we do have Turkish friends in our neighbourhood and we get along with them.” – Rama.
UPDATE - APRIL 2018: “My favorite subjects in school are Turkish and Arabic, although the Turkish exams can be quite difficult at times. I enjoy manual work, really anything I get to use my hands with. I’ve made so many friends, most of them are Syrian and they treat me really well. I hope to become just like my mother when I grow up.” - Bayan.
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