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Books arrive in Syria

Books arrive in Syria!

The 25,045 brand new books that supporters like you helped to send to Syria have now reached schools and Idlib University in the north of the country! Each of those books provides the opportunity to read, learn and escape into a great story.

Watch this video from our partner Syria Relief to see the books in action:

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this shipment possible.


Sadly, Syria is just one of many places across the world where children’s lives are affected by conflict. With your support we can send more books to help children in conflict zones continue to learn, dream and be inspired.


Omar reading in school

A Syrian childhood

12 year old Omar* lives with his family in Idlib, the last major opposition-controlled area in Syria. Civillians there live under the constant threat of bombing, shelling and fighting between different armed groups.

Omar has lost friends to the conflict, yet he continues to dream of his future career.

Books that you have helped to send are now on their way Omar’s school to give him and his friends new material to inspire their childhood dreams.

Here, Omar tells us more about his life in Idlib and his hopes for the future.


Omar reading
Omar looks at a book with a friend at school


I live in Idlib with my family: my mum, my dad and my older sister who is 13 years old. Syria is a beautiful country with very peaceful people but then bad people came and there was a war.

This summer I played football with my friends and my dad taught me how to ride a bicycle.


Omar's school
Omar’s school


At school, I am in sixth grade. I enjoy going to school. My favourite subject is science and I want to be a scientist when I grow up. I love science, especially finding out about the trees and the plants.



Omar getting a book from his school library
Omar sometimes borrows books from his school’s small library to take home


In my school there is a little library. I sometimes bring books back home from school. Either I read them or my mum reads us a story before we go to sleep. I like reading and I like learning new things from books.

I can’t believe it, are you really sending us new books?

I am very happy about this. I am excited to receive some new science books.

I hope that after the war, Syria will go back to being a beautiful and peaceful country as it used to be.

We are waiting for the books!

*Omar’s name has been changed for security reasons.


Girls read in class

Books bringing hope to children in Syria

Fatmeh* lives in Idlib, Syria and has been a school teacher there for the past six years. Since the war began in 2011, one million displaced Syrians have flooded into Idlib Province, the last major opposition-controlled area. Civilians there are living under the constant threat of bombing, shelling and fighting between different armed groups.

Here Fatmeh tells us about life for the children of Idlib and how, despite everything, inspiring items like books can help children have hope for the future.


Children walking to school



Our country has been at war for seven years now. Every day I see how it affects our country’s children.

The war has instilled fear in our children. Many bombs were dropped here and now every time the children hear a plane overhead, they are scared. When a plane is flying above us we bring the children into the basement and we sing loudly together. It helps them overcome their fear.


Boys in class



A lot of families are not sending their children to school because they need them to work to survive. They come one day and then miss a few other days. So they aren’t fully involved in their education because they don’t know if they will come back to school.

When we were children, we used to dream – I knew I wanted to be a teacher. But now our children don’t have hope for the future because they don’t know what will happen tomorrow. They are vulnerable and at risk of being recruited by armed groups.

Since the conflict started, education has become more creative. We’ve learnt to use materials which we find around us, like leaves and discarded cardboard, to keep lessons interesting. But we have less than 100 books for nearly 700 children. Even if we had the funds, we wouldn’t be able to buy books as there are no bookshops.

So I was very happy when I heard that Book Aid International is sending us new books for our library.


Girls working together in class


Books are important in a warzone because they take our minds away from what we are living in; they help us dream and if they are funny, they make us happy.

These books have the power to change our children’s lives because, through reading, they will learn new skills and become more creative. The books will give hope once more to the children.

We are very much looking forward to the books arriving as they will make a big difference.  As Al Mutanabbi, an Arab poet, says “The best friend is your book”.

*Fatmeh’s name has been changed for security reasons.