Thursday, September 16, 1999 Published at 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Return to Turkey's shattered city
Children are missing the community support of school
Chris Morris returns to earthquake-hit Adapazari
Millions of children in Turkey have gone back to school this week-but not in the region which was devastated by last month's earthquake.
No-one's thinking too much about their long-term future, because very little escaped unscathed here. School buildings lie broken and empty. The structural damage is severe. Rebuilding the system will take a long time.
More permanent solutions are being lined up. But in the meantime the children who now live here in extraordinary circumstances need distractions - games and other activities, anything to try to keep them busy.
One boy says he wants to back to school - he likes the lessons, there's good food and it's always warm, even in the winter.
Those that are still working have been joined by volunteers from across the country - all of them are being trained in trauma counselling. "We're thinking of their future," says Gun Irk, a volunteer who specialises in art education. "If we relate to them in the right way, if we can help them get over their pain", she says, "the earthquake children can still flourish".
Until the school year does begin, no-one really knows how many people - children or teachers - may still be missing, or may have left. And because of the risk of further aftershocks many parents still want their children close by.
Tent camps will have to provide education as well as shelter as the winter sets in.