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23 April 2024

Back to school: Life goes on in Syria

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian pupils pass beneath pictures of President Bashar Assad on their way to class at Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. (AP)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, a Syrian teacher gives her lesson at Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.(AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students gather in the playground of Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. (AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students stand in formation at the playground of their Hassan Shuaib School before entering their classrooms in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.(AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students salute while listening to the national anthem before entering their classrooms in Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.(AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, Syrian students gather at the playground of their Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.(AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, a Syrian man accompanies his children to school in Damascus, Syria. Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government controlled areas returned to school this week to the backdrop of a raging civil war and an international debate over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. (AP)

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, a Syrian teacher gives a lesson at Hassan Shuaib School in Damascus, Syria.(AP)