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Schools offer counseling to Syrian kids

January 29th, 2014
04:13 PM ET

Run in a home on the Turkish-Syrian border, the Banyam Martyrs School offers education, and counseling, to more than 300 Syrian refugee children. All of these students have lost one or both parents in the ongoing war.

Reem Banoush, the school manager, fled Syria with her family after the war broke out. She explained to CNN why she set up the school. "My children have had a private education, but now they have regressed by two years. After I'd worked with them they had become better, so I decided to make this school; first for the same of my children, and secondly for the sake of the children of martyrs."

Many of the students carry traumatic memories from the war. One 12 year old boy talks about his father's death. "I heard someone screaming and people ran to help him and I went to help him too. And then the second rocket hit."

Over 2 million refugees have fled Syria so far. Of these, 1.1 million Syrian refugees are under 18, and UNICEF estimates that more than half a million of them are not in school.

Banoush's experience further highlights how important an education is to those who can get it. "We found the children were very receptive to our education and they loved the school and even sometimes during school breaks the children would say 'we do not want a break, we want to come'."


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