Iraqi Christian students line up at the Latin Patriarchate school in the Marka district in the eastern part of the capital Amman on December 12, 2017. AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI
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Iraqi forces retook Bartalla from Daesh earlier this year, but when Louis returned to her hometown in August she found nothing but a home in cinders."I can't even see a doctor or buy Christmas presents for my children," she said.For now, her youngest son is among some 200 children aged 6 to 14 attending night classes at the Marka Latin Church in the Jordanian capital Amman.The night classes are all in English, the school's head Sanaa Baki said, as the parents of most of the Iraqi students have applied for resettlement abroad.Some 10,000 Iraqi Christian refugees live in Jordan, according to Father Rifaat Badr, who heads a Catholic research center.This month, France's ambassador to Jordan, David Bertolotti, visited the church to announce a 120,000 euro ($140,000) donation for the night classes to continue until the end of the school year.Even now Iraqi forces have claimed victory over the jihadists, Yussef and her family have no intention of returning to Iraq.
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