The past four years have brought many obstacles to her education: the murder of her father by Sunni insurgents; fighting around her family home in Diyala that made it too dangerous to leave the house; and her family's move south to Sadr City, where until recently it also was too dangerous to be on the streets.
(Photo by James Palmer)Now, after a four-year break, she is back in school full time.Janan is one of 650 students enrolled in the newly opened Khafal Al-Yuteem primary school. The two-story cement and brick building sits deep in the heart of Sadr City, one of Baghdad's poorest neighborhoods, crammed with an estimated 2 million people.
Built specifically for Shiite children who have lost one or both parents, the school is the first of its kind to be financed by the country's education ministry under Iraq's new government.
This from the Newhouse News Service.