Fatima wears her pink jacket, her cute headband and her hair up in a ponytail as she heads out to school. With her innocent smile and exuberant personality, she looks like any other 7-year-old, except for the fact that she has survived a brutal war that has made her family among the 5.6 million Syrians who fled the country.
Having fled Syria to Turkey almost four years ago, the little girl does not remember much of her hometown. She does however, know that her family had to flee their country after her mother lost one of her legs during a missile attack and the country was no longer safe for them. With the help of the Danish Refugee Council’s legal team, and with funding from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), Fatima was able to enroll as a first-grader in a school a few blocks away from where they live.
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