my brother before my dreams

Loury, 17, and her family fled Syria in 2012. She dreamed of becoming a great violin player but left the dream behind to help her family make a living. Loury didn’t have the opportunity to finish high school but has learned from what she calls the “school of life”. She’s taught herself Turkish and is now studying English on her own. Loury says she has a deep conviction to work so that her 13-year-old brother can stay in school. “I hope he has a better life than me,” Loury says.

This is a follow-up story to one I told a little more than a year ago. As journalists we often tell stories and don’t have the resources or opportunity to follow-up after they are published. Fortunately, I was able to go back and tell Loury’s story, once again in collaboration with the Fuller Project for International Reporting.

See full story published by PRI’s The World.

See the full story from last year published by The New York Times’ Women in the World.