Fifteen-year-old F says her family of nine was trying to escape, speeding up mountain switchbacks, when their aging Opel overheated. She, her mother, and her sisters — 14, 7, and 4 years old — were helplessly standing by their stalled car when a convoy of heavily armed Islamic State fighters encircled them.
“Right away, the fighters separated the men from the women,” she said. She, her mother and sisters were first taken in trucks to the nearest town on Mount Sinjar. “There, they separated me from my mom. The young, unmarried girls were forced to get into buses.” -Rukmini Calamachi for The New York Times
Sadr City has a problem. More than 10,000 children are missing out on their education (and for many, their future careers) because of the influx of displaced families.
We asked what they needed to get those kids back to school. Their answer surprised us—housing for 200 families will put 10,000 kids back to school.