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These Syrian Children Are Dodging Bombs To Get To School

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Published on Mar 25, 2013

Ibrahim's War - 2013: The heartbreaking stories of the Syrian children suffering from ptsd

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What makes an 11-year-old boy start wetting the bed? Or fear a sunny day? Try missile attacks on his town. As the Syrian civil war drags on, Ibrahim is dodging bombs rather than studying to be a doctor.

In a small run-down classroom three kids pore over a textbook. Suddenly a deafening crash fills the air and the entire room shakes. It was an explosion caused by a government jet dropping bombs overhead; they landed so close shrapnel was streaming down outside the windows. The kids here have grown used to this and for them the overriding feeling is frustration at another school day interrupted. "I have already lost two years of study. I hope I don't lose any more this year. I want to study medicine and become a doctor," Ibrahim, aged 11, tells us. But it's also obvious how fear permeates every aspect of life here. "When the sun is out we're all afraid. If the sky is clear the planes come and strike us." But it's not only the Syrians making life difficult for the kids, it's also their own side. A bomb has landed down the road at another school. When the crew tries to film the scene they are ushered away by gunmen. A local says the school is being used as a base for the rebels to fight from. Ibrahim's parents have six children, and daily life for the family is reduced to a simple struggle for survival. Even so, they don't regret siding with the rebels. "This revolution is for the children. We are building them a better future," Zein al Dein, Ibrahim's father, insists.

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