A Syrian refugee is the first student in three generations

Last week I was welcomed by Sidra’s family into their home in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Her family fled the conflict in Syria in late 2013. Sidra lives with her parents, grandparents, two uncles and their families, one aunt, and six siblings. The three-room house is unfinished, with unpainted walls, no locks and only one toilet for the large family. They haven’t paid the rent for the past few months, but luckily the owner understands their situation and has been generous enough not to demand it. Sidra (9) and her siblings Silva (12), Mohammad (10) and Shireen…

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by · Friday, 17 March 2017 · Iraq, Syria