Give Back Their Schools

Fighting groups frequently convert schools into bases by surrounding playing fields with barbed wire and filling classrooms with beds for soldiers. They start forts on top of school buildings to survey the surrounding area, and they position snipers in classroom windows. They stack rifles in hallways, hide grenades under desks, and park armored vehicles in gymnasiums.This poses a huge risk for everyone including students and teachers. Despite international law requiring forces in armed conflicts to spare civilians the dangers of war as much as possible, the lack of explicit standards or requirements of protecting schools is a problem which they are taking as some sort of loophole where they can get around it. That is not right. People are endangered and stripped of their rights to an education. How would you feel if you were taken out of school just so the army could use it? What can be done?

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