(UNICEF) – Aleppo is my home. I grew up and live in one of its neighborhoods – just 500 metres away from the front lines. And despite the ongoing war that rages around us, I had been spared the worst. As a former English teacher, I always enjoyed listening to schoolchildren’s stories. When I joined UNICEF in Aleppo in 2015, I was privileged to meet children whom I wouldn’t normally encounter in everyday life. Many were delighted when I listened to their stories of how their lives have changed and how they are coping with the reality of this barbaric war.