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Scholastic Action Magazine: Witness to War (Syria)

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The civil war in Syria left François Jacob and his family running for their lives.

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Scholastic Action Magazine: Witness to War (Syria)

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  2. 2. snipers: people who shoot guns from hidden places oppressive: cruel and unfair civil war: a war between groups of people from the some country refugees: people who have been forced to leave ci country because of violence or a natural disaster visas: official documents that allow people to enter a country I EscapedFrom a War Zone The civil war in Syria left Franeois and his family running for their lives. A loud explosion - . ‘ woke Francois the noise from 7' the fighting. Then he began (fiun-SWAH) I ~ playing a Iacoh at 6:30 video game. a. m. It was 5 The object September 9, 2012, and a war was raging in his hometown. Fl’(‘ll"l§OlS, then 14, lived with his mom, dad, and brother in the Middle Eastern city of Aleppo, S')'TlD. There had been fighting in their neighborhood for l'T‘l(7n[l‘l5i But this was different. The Iamh family was trapped in the middle of an intense battle. Outside the window of their apartment, Francois saw soldiers in the street. The men were shooting at terrorist snipers hidden in buildings nearby. Bullets were flying everywhere, making it dangerous for the lambs to leave. They decided to wait. As the hours ticked by, Francois needed to break the tension. He put on headphones to block out Francois Jacab of the game: to hunt terrorists. ’‘I played for two hours, " says Francois. The terrorists in the game took his mind off the real terrorists outside. By 2:00 p. m., gunfire still peppered the lambs’ street. They knew they had to flee. The latch only escape route put them in tall view ot the snipers. "We didn't have time to think, " says Francois. “We just ran. " They sprinted a block and ducked behind tl wall to pause and Catch their breath, Then they kept running The gunfire never stopped. "We were without any protection, " says Francois. Finally, they made it to their car and drove to a relatives home in a safer area.
  3. 3. am a War Zone The civil war in Syria left Frangois and his family running for their lives. [EFT ALEPPO MEDIA (ENTRE AH‘ GETTY IMAGKS, RIGHT AMY SUSSMAN AP lMAGlS FOR SCHOLAVWC. INC A loud the noise from explosion the fighting. woke Frangois Then he began (fran-SWAH) playing a Iacob at 6:30 video game. a. m. It was The object September 9, 2012, and a war was raging in his hometown. Frangois, then 14, lived with his mom, dad, and brother in the Middle Eastern city of Aleppo, Syria. There had been fighting in their neighborhood for months. But this was different. The lacob family was trapped in the middle of an intense battle. Outside the window of their apartment, Frangois saw soldiers in the street. The men were shooting at terrorist snipers hidden in buildings nearby. Bullets were flying everywhere, making it dangerous for the Iacobs to leave. They decided to wait. As the hours ticked by, Frangois needed to break the tension. He put on headphones to block out Francois Jacob L of the game: to hunt terrorists. “I played for two hours, ” says Frangois. The terrorists in the game took his mind off the real terrorists outside. By 2:00 p. m., gunfire still peppered the Iacobs’ street. They knew they had to flee. Time to Run The Iacobs’ only escape route put them in full View of the snipers. “We didn’t have time to think, ” says Frangois. "We just ran. " They sprinted a block and ducked behind a wall to pause and catch their breath. Then they kept running. The gunfire never stopped. “We were without any protection, ” says Frangois. Finally, they made it to their car and drove to a relative’s home in a safer area. """'°""'°'°'*l¢-com/ uctlonmnn I March 9, 2015 5
  4. 4. READING-COMPREHENSION TEST PREP SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW Answer these questions about ‘'I Escaped From a War Zone. ” Fill in the bubble next to the best answer to each question. 1. 4. What is the main idea of this article? @ The civil war in Syria is the deadliest war in history. ISIS is a terrorist group. © Much of Syria has been destroyed. © Because of the war, Francois's family left Syria for safety in the U. S. Why do you think the author included information about Francois being hit by a bullet? ® to show the daily danger he faced to show he had a bulletproof vest © to show that bullets are not as dangerous as people think CD) to show how his home was destroyed In the first section of the article, the word tension means ® fighting © danger pressure ® relief Which phrase from the text helps the reader understand the meaning of the word tension? ® "to hunt terrorists. " "They knew they had to flee. ” © "took his mind off the real terrorists" ® "dangerous . . . to leave their home" , /l FrancoIs's apartment in Syria, which was destroyed in the 5. You can infer that Francois ® will join the Syrian army one day rarely thinks about his old life back in Syria © worries about his friends who are still living in Syria ® knows how to shoot a gun Which statement does the text support? ® Not many people have been killed in the Syrian civil war. The Syrian war has gone on for years. © Francois and his family are the only Syrians to come to the U. S. ® Peace talks are happening in Syria. Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper. 7- The article says that the war made life in Aleppo "nearly unbearable. " Write down three examples from the text that show some of the hardships Francois and his family faced. 8- Francois wants to bring attention to people still suffering in Syria. Do you think that Sharing his story could help lead to better conditions for the war's victims? How?
  5. 5. A week later, Francois’s father went home to gather some belongings. But the Iacobs would never live there again. Their neighborhood was soon destroyed. A Brutal War The war in Syria started in 201 1. It began with peaceful protests against an oppressive government. At first, Francois and his family hoped the protests might help change Syria for the better. But then things turned violent. The country exploded into a civil war. Several major rebel groups, each divided into smaller groups, are now fighting for control of Syria. Some groups want freedom. Others, like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), are terrorists. They want to bring death to their enemies. Aleppo was once a beautiful city full of history. Francois loved growing up TURKEY CYPRUS Mediterranean Area of map ' there. But the war made life nearly unbearable. Schools closed. Electricity was shut off for days at a time. An explosion shattered the window of Mr. ]acob’s barbershop. The price of food and fuel skyrocketed. One day while walking outside, Francois felt a sharp pain in his side. A bullet had bounced off a fence and hit him. Luckily, it was fired from too far away to cause serious injury. It lay on the ~¢——«~ Francois with his mom and his brother at their new home in New Jersey The country of Syria is located in the Middle East, ground at his feet. Unhurt, Francois just kept walking. Escape to America More than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian war. Millions fled their homes and are now refugees living in terrible conditions. The Iacobs were lucky. Francois’s uncle Ioseph is a U. S. citizen. After a long wait, he was able to get visas for the whole family. Francois, now 16, arrived in the U. S. on October 4, 2014. His family settled in Nutley, New jersey. "It's a new start, ” he says happily. “It’s America! ” Still, he can't forget the friends he left behind. By Sharing his story, he hopes If bring attention to the terror that others still live with Ever)’ day. Says Francois. I can be their voice. ” —Sarah lane Bflil”

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