Hassakeh, Syria, 16 June 2019- Husain, now 14, was in Grade 4 when violence escalated in his village, Susa, in Hajin district in rural Deir-ez-Zor, forcing him out of school.
Husain and his family finally fled the area in December 2018, making an arduous journey to safety at Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.
“We walked for three days, without any food or water,” recalls Husain. “We searched for wild plants to eat along the way and drank rain water we collected as we walked!”
At the camp, despite basic living conditions, Husain’s hopes to continue his learning were revived.