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LONDRES – Aujourd'hui le 20 juin, à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés, nous rendons hommage à la force et au courage de ceux qui ont été contraints de fuir leurs foyers. Aujourd'hui j'aurai une pensée pour Mohammed, un réfugié syrien que j'ai rencontré lorsque j'ai visité l'école primaire d'Istoc en Turquie le mois dernier.

Dans une école très animée, déjà pleine à craquer pour accueillir l'importante population locale, j'ai regardé Mohammed au fond de la salle de classe, résolu à terminer un projet artistique. La classe dessinait des objets provenant des musées et une discussion animée avait lieu sur l'importance de la préservation de la culture et du patrimoine.

Mohammed s'est arrêté pour expliquer comment ses camarades de classe l'avaient aidé à apprendre leur langue et comment il avait pu rattraper ses leçons après avoir fui son pays déchiré par la guerre pour s'installer à Istanbul. Mais son rêve est d'avoir la chance de rentrer chez lui un jour et il est déterminé à travailler dur à présent en vue d'acquérir les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour construire un nouvel avenir là-bas.

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