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The poet at work

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*This is a Volkskrant remake of the original handmade production you find here

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There are seven schools
in the camp

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Western relief organizations work with local staff wherever possible.

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A lot of people in the camp are
from the Syrian countryside.

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But the teacher Alan Esber (26)
is from Damascus city.

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Alan is actually a
professional poet.

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Today he taught pupils that rainbows aren’t miracles but the result of sunlight refracting and dispersing in water droplets.

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The school where Alan works
has 18 classrooms.

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The teachers earn 600
dollars a month.


400 from the Iraqi government
and 200 from the UNHCR.

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But the teachers haven't been
paid for four months.

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