Children reclaim their school after ISIL in Iraq

On Saturday, a neighbour opened the gate of their school for the first time since the ISIL group was forced out by Iraqi forces last week.

Children reclaim their school after ISIL in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

"One bullet plus one bullet equals? Two bullets!" This is how the children of the small Iraqi village of Jaraf were taught mathematics during two years of extremist rule.

The children took over the building and were soon playing football with soldiers in the main hall and jubilantly ripping up their ISIL textbooks.

"They brought new books... all of them Islamic," said Sanaa Ahmed, recounting the time in 2014 when ISIL took over her village south of Mosul.

"There used to be pictures in our books. They changed that, they said it was forbidden," said Sanaa, a lively 10-year-old wearing a pink woolly dress and a stack of white bracelets on both wrists.

"They brought us pictures of little girls completely covered, with the niqab (full veil) and even socks and gloves... I don't know how they wouldn't suffocate in there," she said.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund, 4.7 million children have been directly affected by the conflict in Iraq and 3.5 million are out of school.

In Jaraf, many parents decided not to send their children to school when ISIL took over.

"They were trying to control the children's minds, they would teach them things that encouraged them to kill," said Abu Salem, a 28-year-old father whose house faces the school.


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