Iraqis return to the classroom after ISIL driven out

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Students sit in front of new textbooks in one of 12 tented classrooms at Al Takiya Al Kasnazaniya camp for internally displaced persons in Karkh District, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie (file photo)

ISIL terrorists may have attempted "to destroy our way of life" according to one young Iraqi student in the liberated town of Qayyarah, but now they're back in the classroom.

16-year-old Nisreen, and her father Tareq, have been describing their ordeal living under ISIL occupation, telling the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), that they refused to be indoctrinated.

ISIL fighters overran large parts of Iraq in 2014, but a government counter-offensive last year has recovered much of the territory lost.

UNICEF has been working with the government, World Bank and UNESCO to implement a National Education Strategy for all school-age children.

Matthew Wells reports.

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