''I have been surrounded by doctors since I was little because I suffer from rheumatism. I would love to become a doctor to help other people with my same condition,'' said Faraj Awad Al-Fazzani, an eleven -year-old grade six student at Shohada Tagrafet primary school in Sirt.
Following violent clashes in the city in 2016, Faraj and his family fled to Misrata where they spent two years. Living in displacement was very hard for them. ''My family was not able to pay private healthcare, so it was very difficult to get a regular treatment and follow my studies,'' he explained.
The journey back to normal
When the security situation allowed, the family returned home in Sirt. ''The windows and doors were broken. The floor was full of glass and plaster fragments, the walls were riddled with bullet holes, the furniture was totally ruined,'' said Faraj.They carried out light renovation in their house, but Shohada Tagrafet school was a different story.
''I could not believe it. The building was totally destroyed. It was just a mound of rubble,'' lamented Faraj.There was an urgent need for Sirt Municipality to provide education to returnees. After a diligent clean up, the educational facility resumed classes, despite the lack of windows and doors, and the holes on the walls.
''The situation was very bad in winter. Many students left to enroll in other schools, '' said Ms. Benina Al Ghazali, Director of the School. ''It was very cold. We were basically studying outside in an open deck. I missed several classes because I couldn’t cope with the temperature. The days that I went to the school my rheumatism got worse. It was extremely painful in my feet, '' explained the student Faraj.