Anne Frank had a diary; Bana Alabed has Twitter. The 7-year-old girl, who's currently trapped within the besieged city of Aleppo, first gained international fame when J.K. Rowling sent her eBooks of the Harry Potter series after she tweeted at the author.
The little girl, who says she likes to "read to forget the war," has since amassed a huge social media following for her daily tweets on life inside the ravaged city. The account is run by her mother, Fatemah, who set it up in September, just as the Syrian army launched a major offensive to reclaim the rebel-controlled eastern part on the country, where the little girl lives with her mother and brothers.
On Sunday, her tweets became especially troubling as this area came under the heaviest bombardment since the war began. At least 4,000 civilians have fled the area and hundreds have been killed.
One tweet appeared to be a goodbye note, saying "The army got in, this could be our last days sincerely talking. No Internet. Please please please pray for us.- Fatemah."
The army got in, this could be our last days sincerely talking. No Internet. Please please please pray for us.- Fatemah #Aleppo- Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 27, 2016
Last message - under heavy bombardments now, can't be alive anymore. When we die, keep talking for 200,000 still inside. BYE.- Fatemah- Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 27, 2016
Luckily, the little girl made it out alive, though her house was destroyed.
This is our house, My beloved dolls died in the bombing of our house. I am very sad but happy to be alive.- Bana pic.twitter.com/9i0xxJrQtD- Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 29, 2016
This is my reading place where I wanted to start reading Harry Potter but it's bombed. I will never forget. - Bana pic.twitter.com/6fXX2Me8ZB- Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 29, 2016
We have no home now. I got minor injury. I didn't sleep since yesterday, I am hungry. I want to live, I don't want to die. - Bana #Aleppo- Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 28, 2016
At present, she seems to be alive, but her situation is becoming increasingly dire. Hopefully, her account can help bring more awareness to the atrocities occurring in Syria and help bring an end to the bloodshed.
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