Afrin's schoolchildren and their teachers marched arm in arm to call for an end to the Turkish bombing campaign in Syria's northwest Afrin region on Monday. The students say that repeated attacks on schools have meant they are unable to attend school.
On the march, children carried posters and chanted slogans critical of the Turkish operation 'Olive Branch,' the military campaign launched by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
One schoolgirl said she and her friends would remain defiant. "We are not afraid of Erdogan, and we went out today to tell Erdogan that we are not afraid of him, and we will not be afraid of his aircraft."
The students also read a public statement detailing the damage caused by the bombing, including claims that it had destroyed 31 schools and led to the deaths of more than 19 children.
SOT, Girl, Afrin resident (Kurdish): "We are not afraid of [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and we went out today to tell Erdogan that we are not afraid of him, and we will not be afraid of his aircraft."
SOT, Boy, Afrin resident (Kurdish): "[Recep Tayyip] Erdogan kills children. We as children of the city of Afrin condemn the attack by Erdogan in the month since Erdogan began bombing our region with artillery and aircraft. He destroyed our villages and cities, destroyed 31 schools in Afrin. He also killed 19 children who were not guilty."