MERSIN, TURKEYXunava is a 16-year-old Syrian refugee who dreams of going to school. The last time she was in a classroom, in 2013, in her native Aleppo, she was in fourth grade. Back then, before her family escaped to Turkey, Xunava dreamed of becoming a doctor.
Today, she’s a child laborer in the coastal city of Mersin, the breadwinner in a family of six, toiling in a sewing factory six days a week. It’s not a life she or her parents ever wanted for her, but wants are luxuries when basic needs are urgent.
In another part of Turkey, in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, 11-year-old Mahmoud doesn’t have a dream. (For security, only first names are used in this story.) He can’t