Sabah and Mayas, two 10 and 11-year old Syrian refugees, are shining in their new school. They’ve learnt the new language, and have “compassionate” teachers helping them learn. This story is a bright example of what can happen when children are given the right support and opportunities.
Unfortunately, still only 50% of refugee children attend primary school. Without access to education, children like Sabah and Mayas are struggling to adapt to life in new countries. We need to work together to bring this number down, and give every child the platform to reach their full potential. This is why we are fighting for the rights of child refugees in Europe, and our legal proceedings against the government continue 19 June regarding the closure of the Dubs Amendment.

Sabah and her family fled the war-ravaged city of Aleppo two years ago and came to Turkey as refugees. Since then, they have been living in Istanbul’s conservative Fatih district, home to the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Nestled in the old heart of Istanbul, Fatih is a mix of upscale neighborhoods and poorer areas with affordable properties to rent. That makes it an attractive choice for many refugees, such as Sabah and Mayas’ family.

“This is our new home now,” says Muhammad Trefi, 50. He was a civil engineer back in Syria, but now his skills as an engineer don’t have equivalency in Turkey. He has been supporting his family of seven by giving Arabic and Quran classes in the neighborhood. “We won’t be returning back to Aleppo. And it doesn’t seem like this war is going to stop.”

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