>> Growing up in the shadow of Islamic State, Iraqi children working as rubbish collectors, vegetable vendors, and mechanics on the streets of Mosul. School is no longer an option. Fearing their children would be indoctrinated and sent to fight by the militants, many parents removed them from the classroom.
familiar soundtrack to their days is now the sound of gunfire.>>
> They asked us to join them and we didn't accept. No one accepted to join them, so we dropped out.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi children have been left orphaned or homeless by the war on Islamic state. Forced to work or support their families in Mosul, Islamic states last major city stronghold in Iraq.>>
>> Returning these children to school is a priority for the country. The local education department estimates 10% of children in East Mosul are still out of school. UNICEF believes there are 1.2 million aren't in education nationwide. Many children are still living in camps for internally displaced people. Where teachers try to help students to get previous experiences and keep on with their studies.
The Iraqi military expects to dislodge Islamic State from the rest of Mosul this month. But the militants surmounting a strong resistance in the densely populated old city. For some children the outcome has little bearing on their education already feeling like their future is lost.