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My Children's Childhood Has Gone with the War

I came from Syria from the city of Aleppo. I was a math teacher in Aleppo’s high schools.


Hassan asks: "In times of war, are we in control of our destiny?"


Kamil was born a refugee, as was his father, Akhtar. His Palestinian grandparents fled to Syria in the late 1940’s and raised their family in Yarmouk, a thriving, almost exclusively Palestinian suburb of Damascus.


STORY UPDATE: Akhtar is an expert craftsman in marble and granite. His life's work. All gone.

Holding On

They live in uncertainty, but are remarkably resilient and cheerful in bad conditions. They hold up the best they can, and cling to the most important things - loved ones, faith, and hope.

Abdul Nasser

Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan, of Aleppo Syria, is a highly regarded physician and scholar. But his honors, credentials, and vital work could not keep him safe in his home country.

Our Lives Before: The Piano Man of Yarmouk

His musical notoriety brought condemnation from ISIS, which banned western music. So they torched his piano.

Hasan & Rushte

Rushte had turned her paper over and drawn what was in her heart and in her head...such a disconnect to the smile on her face!


Amina & her son are now in their third camp. Intellect on hold, school on hold.
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