Follow a Syrian boy’s terrifying journey to school in a war zone

This segment originally aired Oct. 20, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

“I get scared,” 8-year-old Mahmoud told VICE News. “I get very scared.”

Mahmoud walks with his dad each day to the local mosque, where school has been held since his school building was damaged earlier this year.

“Three-quarters of the schools have been bombed,” said Mahmoud’s dad, Abu Ali. “They put the children in basements to keep them safe and secure.”

Last month, UNICEF said that at least 96 children were killed in eastern Aleppo over the course of just five days, casualties of airstrikes by pro-government forces, backed by Russia, to retake the city from Syrian rebels.

“The new generation must continue; life must continue,” teacher Shahad Mimi said. “Education, too, must continue.”

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