(A World at School) – The images and stories on the news about the war, tragedy, displacement, poverty and suffering resulting from the violence in Syria leave us with a certain picture in our minds. A picture of poor people – fleeing, displaced, desperate, wounded. The scale of the crisis and the absolute havoc it has wrought is heart-wrenching. And these realities crowd out of our minds the remembrance of a pre-war Syria that was prosperous and stable – a Syria that had a thriving middle class.