Sarah is excelling in school. She loves learning English and dreams of being a cardiologist.
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When the teacher asked the English class how to change a sentence from the active to the passive voice, Sarah's hand shot up from the front row, and as soon as she was called upon she answered correctly. The 10-year-old Palestinian girl has come a long way since she arrived in Lebanon after fleeing Syria's civil war five years ago, and is now a star student at an elementary school run by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, which also provides trauma counseling.Sarah's family is descended from some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 War surrounding its creation.In Lebanon, they enrolled Sarah at Jafna Elementary School, which is operated by UNRWA, the oldest and largest U.N. relief program in the Middle East.Some 36,000 students, including nearly 5,500 who were displaced from Syria, are studying at 66 UNRWA schools in Lebanon. Dib said it is difficult for Palestinians to enroll in public schools, which are already overcrowded with Syrian refugees.The family found relative safety in Lebanon, but little else.
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