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Waleed Othman (left) with his tough boss
After enduring 2-hour commutes every weekday for five years, a Syrian teacher requested a transfer to another school. When he handed his application to his boss, she tore it into pieces. "Waleed Othman wants to transfer to Damascus," she said, "and Damascus refused and wants you to stay in rural Damascus."

"You tore it up," said Waleed.

"Yes I did," his boss replied, smiling. "And don't write another one."

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