Long-term truants make nervy school return in Iraq's Mosul

Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Oct 8, 2017

After three years of forced truancy due to the Islamic State group’s seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul, teenager Ali Salem waited nervously outside school to sit an English exam.

Before heading out bright and early from a camp for the displaced in Hajj Ali, 60 kilometres (35 miles) away, he had had a last look over lessons that were interrupted in 2014.

“On the evening of June 10, 2014,

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