You might wonder why I'm showing a happy reportage from Syria while right now a horrible civil war kills dozens of people every day. I realised that many people started to accept the state of civil war as the normal situation of Syria. Violence, refugees, extremists. War is always that happens to other countries, to "those" countries, where people have dark skin, are religious and whatever pre-conceptions fill our minds. With my story I would like to remind people that Syria was a normal country where people were living normal lives. Syrians were not war mongering extremists waiting for a chance to kill their brothers.
The other day I sat in a plane from Istanbul to Cairo (I live in both cities) and around me was a Syrian family fleeing from Aleppo to Cairo. Beside me said the 16 years old daughter. She told me about her destroyed school in Aleppo and how she was so sad that her education can’t continue, how they were constantly hiding from bomb attacks. But in her eyes and heart was also hope. She was excited to be in a plane for the first time in her life and she asked me if I thought that she could continue education in Cairo and find friends. But ultimately she wanted to return as soon as possible to Aleppo, a peaceful Aleppo. A normal life!
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