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Imagine for a moment sending your kid day after day to school with no guarantee that the child would come back alive.

Teachers, heads and school inspectors from Iraq who came for a visit to the U.K. on an invitation from Britain’s National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) provided a first hand account of the daily life experienced by Iraqi school kids, mothers and teachers.

The Guardian report states: “An astonishing picture of life inside Baghdad’s schools has been revealed by a group of Iraqi teachers who have travelled to the United Kingdom to gain respite from the daily bloodshed they witness.

“One, Suad Saleem Abdulla, described how she pulled her own children close every morning and said goodbye as if it were the last time she would ever see them. It was a daily ritual shared by parents throughout Iraq, she said. Only then did she start her treacherous 20-minute walk to school.

“Ms. Abdulla, who told her story for the first time last weekend, has seen corpses and even ‘flying body parts’ on her journey to the school where she is head teacher, but carried on walking because she was determined to keep it open.

“They spoke of teachers assassinated as they walked to work, or kidnapped in front of pupils, and a daily battle to keep the terror outside the school gates. Their stories give a remarkable insight into the lives of Iraqi children who turn up for lessons day after day despite the bloodshed and violence.”

SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist
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