>> In a place where playgrounds became battlegrounds, children can't escape the memory of war. It's been over a year since Islamic State were pushed out of their de facto capital in Syria's Raqqa but the city's schools still bear the scars. With little aid, the city is struggling to revive its classrooms, with many unfit for purpose.
But life must go on, and these children must catch up on years of lost learning. Under IS, schools were shut as it tried to impose it's ultra radical vision of Islam through its own education system.>>
> In this first grade class, only 11 students out of 38 are attending, he says. Amnesty International says 80% of the city still lies in ruins with thousands of bodies under the rubble. With much of Raqqa destroyed by US-led airstrikes, Amnesty blames the coalition for not doing more to help recovery.
The US has said stabilization efforts have focused on basic necessities including demining, water, and electricity.
winter sets in, the state of schools is leading some children to miss out on yet more lessons.