Monday, September 16, 2013

Schools Open in Syria

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

It was back to school in Syria yesterday. The day came as a welcome moment in a land torn by civil war.

The start of school will bring structure and stability to many children who have spent so long hiding from the violence.

Ironically, the school year almost did not begin because of the threat of potential attacks. This time, however, it was the US threat to launch a missile strike that almost derailed the school year. But not in the way you would anticipate.

In order to protect soldiers who were stationed in high risk target areas, the Syrians moved them into schools for protection. And now since the threat of the missile strike has subsided the soldiers are no longer in need of schools for alternative quarters and they have been made available for the opening of school. 

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