Syr­ian or­phans who fled Aleppo find new home

More than six mil­lion peo­ple — a quar­ter of Syria’s pre-war pop­u­la­tion — have been dis­placed in­side the coun­try

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Noor Ghanem, 13, left, helps other Syr­ian or­phans as they study at an or­phan­age in Jarablus. JARABLUS, SYRIA—NEARLY 50 chil­dren or­phaned by the Syr­ian war es­caped the hell that was their home­town of Aleppo af­ter they ap­peared in a dis­tress­ing video and ap­pealed for their lives as gov­ern­ment forces moved in un­der a hail of fire.

In the year and half since, the chil­dren and their in­struc­tors have been up­rooted twice more: once to es­cape sim­i­lar bom­bard­ment in an­other rebel strong­hold and again when they fled a town that has been over­whelmed by peo­ple seek­ing shel­ter from Syria’s war.

The or­phan­age first es­tab­lished in rebel-held east­ern Aleppo, known as the Cen­ter for the Ex­cep­tional, has fi­nally landed in a small house in the sleepy north­ern town of Jarablus, which was once a hub for Daesh mil­i­tants along the bor­der with Turkey but has been gov­erned by a Turkey-backed ad­min­is­tra­tion since 2016.

More than six mil­lion peo­ple — nearly a quar­ter of Syria’s pre-war pop­u­la­tion — have been dis­placed in­side Syria be­cause of the war. For Aleppo’s or­phans, the war trauma and the loss of par­ents were com­pounded by the re­cur­rent up­root­ing from the only fa­mil­iar place they knew.

The fall of Aleppo came af­ter one of the most dev­as­tat­ing bat­tles of the civil war, now in its eighth year. Syria’s largest city was for years di­vided be­tween rebel- and gov­ern­ment-con­trolled ar­eas.

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