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Refugees-turned-language teachers learn new life

RIO DE JANEIRO: When Hadi Bakkour fled Syria's civil war, he lost almost everything except one precious gift that gave him new life on the other side of the world: his language. Bakkour, 22, escaped Aleppo in 2014 for fear he'd be forced to serve in President Bashar al-Assad's army fighting for control of the city. He had to abandon his family and his economics studies. But three years later in Rio de Janeiro, he is one of two dozen teachers employed by a Brazilian language school where all the instructors are current…