When a passerby saw syrian refugee halime kuma reading a book while sitting on a bag of trash they took a quick video little did they imagine that the footage would go viral and spur the turkish education ministry into action since 2011 conflict has torn the country of syria apart the civil war has seen the government and its supporters struggle against many enemies who in Some cases also fought each other the syrian observatory for human rights estimates that as many as 522 thousand people have died in the brutal war and many millions have been misplaced if you have not done so already please subscribe to our channel and click that notification bell to get inspired by these real life stories every day now back to the story more than five and
a half million syrians have been forced by the war to Flee the country and become refugees many of these people have looked for safe harbor in turkey which neighbor syria to the north remarkably turkey is now home to an excess of 3 million syrian refugees and that number rises by about a thousand each day whether they’re newcomers to the country or babies born there relatively few of the refugees have to live in a camp perhaps only 1 in 14 so syrians can live and most importantly work in turkey indeed Istanbul the country’s largest city provides a haven for around 560 000 syrians despite these huge numbers turkey is working hard to help refugees at both a national and local level towns and cities including istanbul have run programs to aid integration while the government has opened up education to kids one of those refugees is halime kuma
who is spotted taking a break from the daily Grind but halime is no ordinary worker no she’s a child of 11 and you might imagine that she ought to have been in class rather than rooting around in istanbul’s garbage the kuma family arrived in turkey in 2017 having been compelled to leave syria they made their new home in the arnavutkoi area of istanbul this multicultural district sits on the western side of the city lying alongside the bosphorus Along with halime her dad abdulrezak has another six children to look after to achieve that he collects waste paper to recycle with his daughter’s helm she explained to demi raura news agency that she had to work to help the family survive halime said i love my father mother and siblings but there’s no other
person except my father in our house who is working and the little girl is not alone many child refugees have to work some Toil for as many as 12 hours a day ignoring the fact that child labor is illegal the international labor organization says that in excess of one in three working children do not go to school with that in mind turkey is leading the fight against kids working declaring that 2018 would be the year of the battle against child labor be that as it may hallomay has presumably been hard at work when she Was seen sitting on a heap of trash in a bag ignoring her ugly surroundings she seemed to anyone passing by to be engrossed in a book during a break although hallamaze is only a small child and possibly quite unobtrusive a passerby noticed her they then whipped out a phone or camera consequently they filmed the little
girl, as she sat raiding and seemingly taking notes in the book that she held in her hands in the footage which lasts for only a few Seconds halime, is deeply engaged in her study her head is bent over her work and it seems that she’s oblivious to her surroundings that’s despite sitting right next to a dumpster full to overflowing next the bystander that shot the footage decided they needed to share it on social media so they put it online perhaps not quite expecting the outcome because it seems that those few seconds of film made quite an impression on
the People who saw it according to website write this minute the video went crazy viral spreading throughout turkish media people didn’t just outrage though they also supported hallamay’s dedication to her study and it wasn’t long before the country’s education department took action to quell the rising storm the education ministry in fact got straight to work getting in touch with halime’s dad it pledged to pay for her to attend school it turns out that the 11 year old’s lack of education was entirely accidental a clerical mistake meant that she hadn’t been listed as the right age for school direct sell chook turkey’s family minister said it will be
ensured that children of school age will be enrolled and with that helmet indeed did start going to school further video shows are in class finally able to learn in the right setting but what does the little girl herself think about the stroke of Good fortune helmet told demiro our news agency i’m so happy i’ll be closer to books at school and she wasn’t alone in feeling glad about the change in her circumstances abdulrazaq shared his thoughts with local medium the father of seven said hellamay started her new school today and i’m over the moon now she’ll be able to progress in life and his hopes didn’t end there he continued next i hope all our children will have access to public education.