Taking a break from studying in June, these tired young Burmese girls rest their heads at the Haydayatul Uloom Islamic school inside the Mae La refugee camp. The camp is located along along the Burma-Thailand border and is home to around 50,000 refugees. It is the largest of nine camps along the Thai border where Burmese people remain in limbo for years.
In June, Aung San Suu Kyi visited the camp during her first visit to Thailand in 24 years. A refugee at the camp said, according to
, "The Burmese military regime denies that we refugees even exist. Our life here is very difficult, and Suu Kyi comes here to visit us just like our own mother. We're very happy to see her and we warmly welcome her." NPR (Photo: Getty Images)
Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Udey Heyro is a 10-year-old Syrian refugee. In April of this year, he was asked to draw a picture of his dream home—a place he may not know for years to come. Udey goes to school in the Boynuyogun refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border. Due to the ongoing conflict, the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration is 355,268, according to
UNHCR. Turkey holds the vast majority of people who fled from their home in Syria. (Photo: Umit Bektas/Reuters)
Two Palestinian school girls walk past a heap of garbage on their way to school in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on September 15, 2011. Al-Shati houses 87,000 refugees in a very densly populated area.
According to the
United Nations Relief and Work Agency, Gaza is a difficult place to get an education. "Amid a backdrop of violence, unemployment, and extreme poverty resulting from the ongoing Israeli blockade of the coastal enclave, the quality of children’s education in Gaza has declined in recent years."
Ninety-four percent of schools are operating on double shifts. This means there's one "school" of kids in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, refugee students pay attention as their professor teaches. The school is located in a forest forest near Gangania, next to Impfondo in the far north of the Republic of Congo. The photo was taken on February 25, 2010.
Between 1994 and 2003, five million lives were lost due to ongoing conflict. Today, according to the
, "many eastern areas are still plagued by violence as various rebel groups continue to operate there." BBC (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian Refugees in Jordan
Near the border with Syria, a young Syrian refugee is photographed on October 4, 2012 at at a UNICEF-run school in the al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. The school is a grant from the European Union to provide education to Syrian refugees residing in Jordan. There are 52,8622 Syrian refugees in Jordan, according to the
UNHCR. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
More than 320,000 Malians have fled their homes due to conflict in northern Mali. About half, have settled in refugee camps in neighboring countries. The refugee children in this photo attend a school in the Mbera refugee camp, about 40 km (25 miles) from the border with Mali in May of 2012. It is the largest camp housing Malian refugees and home to 64,000 people.
(Photo: Joe Penney/Reuters)
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Jenny is the Education Editor at TakePart. She has been writing for TakePart since 2009 and previously worked in film and television development. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles. Email Jenny | @jennyinglee | TakePart.com
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