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The Battle To Teach Syrian Kids When Schools Are Bombed

Regular shelling from all sides has made it too dangerous for students to go to school in the Syrian city of Aleppo, so a group of volunteer teachers decided to open their own.

Kids on their way to school in Aleppo
Kids on their way to school in Aleppo
Alessandria Masi and Lindsey Snell

ALEPPO — Adnan was in fifth grade when an airstrike destroyed the government-run school he attended here in Syria's largest city. He survived, but his education was put on hold.

That was in 2013. For the next three years, schools in Aleppo would be frequently targeted by Syrian government airstrikes or hit by opposition fire. Education became a risk that Adnan could no longer take. Today, Adnan attends a makeshift school in a secluded, bombed-out residence — but he's only in sixth grade.

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