>> narrator: tonight on frontlinin war-torn aleppo, we first met sara, farah, helen, and mohammed. we've been following them for the past three years as they make the difficult choice to leave the only home they've ever known. (speaking arabic) they're among the millions of children and their families fleeing their country for safety. the sorrow... (sniffles) ...the challenges, and the
surprises of starting a new life. (screaming playfully) tonight: "children of syria." >> frontlinis made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. and by the corporation for public broadcasting. major support for frontliis provided by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. more information is available at macfound.org. additional support is provided by the park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. the john and helen glessner family trust, supporting trustworthy journalism that informs and inspires. the ford foundation, working with visionaries on the front lines of social change
>> (speaking into walkie-talkie) (explosion) >> narrator: the children's father, abu ali, used to be an engineer. when the war began, he was one of the first to join the rebel group the free syrian army. >> narrator: he controls a battalion of fighters. they hold a strategic position on a hill overlooking the old citadel of aleppo. (rapid gunfire) >> (talking on walkie-talkie)
(crying continues) (coughing) (crying) >> narrator: in the space of a year, life in aleppo has grown increasingly desperate. islamic extremists have taken over parts of the city. and before christmas, in the middle of the night, the family says isis fighters kidnapped abu ali. they haven't seen him since.
>> mein name is helen. >> mein name is helen. >> ich heisse helen. >> ich heisse helen. >> in syria, we run out from the school. the school is like prison. big, big, big wall around the school. and we make this... okay, one, two, three, and jump! >> she loves your shoes. >> oh! (laughs) >> i love the school more and more and more. >> i have three monkey sisters. i don't have any brothers. three monkey sisters-- they always jump on me. they always punch me. pow! "give me your phone." "no." pow, pow!
against refugees like them. far-right groups are protesting against so many muslims coming to europe. more than a half million syrians fled to germany in 2015, and the country is struggling to cope with the thousands arriving every day. >> narrator: most refugees are kept in reception centers and hostels while their asylum applications are considered. mohammed and helen have volunteered with some fellow students to help out at one of these centers near goslar. (laughing) (upbeat music playing)
>> narrator: next time on frontlinbenghazi. >> this is the last point we can reach here in the middle of benghazi. >> narrator: five years after the revolution in libya. army, militias, and isis. civilians and children in the crossfire. >> parents sent their children to this school despite snipers, the danger. >> narrator: frontline investigates: "benghazi in crisis." >> go to pbs.org/frontline for more on how children have been affected by the war in syria. (loud explosion) read a conversation with producer marcel mettelsiefen about the making of this film. explore more of our continuing
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