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Only my brothers can go to school

“We left our village to escape terrorist attacks. When an organization came looking for children who were refugees, to enrol them in school, my dad refused to give them my name. He only gave them my brothers’ names and they got to start school.”

"Dad only gave them my brothers’ names. So they got to start school. My mum also wanted me to stay at home. I have to look after my little sister, Awa, and do all the chores. Every morning I fetch water with a cart, two kilometres away. I fill eight 20-kilo containers. It’s a rough track and I’ve fallen over lots of times with the cart and hurt myself

I feel like a prisoner who’s been condemned to work all the time, without any rest. I wash my brothers’ clothes and if I refuse, I am beaten. If I don’t get to start school again I won’t be able to be a nurse, which is my dream.

“Girls here are treated like machines that have to function all the time. Our country’s leaders need to put a stop to this.”

Salamata, 12, Burkina Faso

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