Even as bombs fall, underground schools open in Aleppo
Five years of war have brought a new curriculum to eastern Aleppo’s schoolchildren.
“My 8-year-old son knows all the weapons. He hears the sounds and says, ‘Dad, that was a barrel bomb. Dad, that was shelling,’ ” said Ali al-Halabi, a father of three.
Out in the streets, children scavenge for bomb fragments, bullet casings and tiny ball bearings, as if they were treasures. “This is their childhood now,” Halabi said. “It’s changed beyond all recognition.”