7-Year-Old Girl Posts Harrowing Tweets From Within War-Torn Syria As Bombing Intensifies

Diana Bruk
Redbook

From Redbook

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."

Luckily, the little girl made it out alive, though her house was destroyed.

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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