Rami's Story

Rami Syria refugee crisis

Ahmad Baroudi/Save the Children

Rami* was a typical 9-year-old boy, he loved to ride his bike and go to school. He dreamed of becoming a lawyer one day, just like his dad. He lived in a beautiful house with a big balcony that overlooked the city. All of that changed when the violence became too much and his family was forced to leave their home.

Rami and his family fled to another village where they thought they would be safe. After a few months they learned their old house had been hit by two missiles and was completely destroyed. Rami enrolled in a school in his new village, but soon after it too was bombed and his father said he could no longer go to school because it was too dangerous.

"It was after school and I was at home doing my homework when we heard the siren," Rami said. "We ran downstairs and we heard a big explosion. I was scared."

What Rami was most afraid of though was not being able to go to school again. He knew it would take a lot of work to become a lawyer when he grew up, and being out of school would halt his dreams.

"I want to be a lawyer like my father but I have to study very hard to be like him, and if they keep bombing schools I won't be able to study," Rami said. "I will remain at home doing nothing and in the end I will become a scavenger!"

Now, thanks to Save the Children, Rami no longer has to worry about becoming a scavenger. He attends a Save the Children-supported school outside of the city, away from the violence. Rami has the space to learn without being afraid, and because of this he will be able to continue working toward his dream. But others aren't so lucky.

Today, 2.8 million Syrian children are out of an education due to attacks on schools and displacement. With the fifth anniversary of the Syria conflict approaching, world leaders must deliver an agreement that gets children back in school and learning. If we leave Syrian children without an education, we leave them without a future. Save the Children has been supporting schools throughout the country so that Rami and children just like him have the opportunity to learn and receive an education – a right all children deserve.

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