Meet Mohamad and Tabarak, hardworking students looking to make a future for themselves as so many students across the world do.
They are also Palestine refugee students currently living in Yarmouk camp, Syria.
Tragedy struck Mohamed at a young age. “One morning, I went out to buy some food while my father was at work,” says Mohamed. “By the time I returned home, a missile had hit. My mother and two of my sisters were killed instantly. My two other sisters were injured.”
Many Palestine refugees in Syria suffered violence like that which killed Mohamed’s family. In addition, Yarmouk has been under siege since 2013. The situation has been particularly brutal for children, the elderly or the infirm – and also for the young people trying to build a better future.
Tabarak, a ninth-grade student, shows strength as she explains the impact of the violence in Syria: “Our study was at a low level because of our hunger. The students couldn’t concentrate at school; they used to faint because of dehydration.” She adds, “Many children passed away because of dehydration.” Despite her heart-wrenching experience with school, she still dreams of pursuing her education–her ultimate goal is to become an English teacher.
Originally published in June 2014.