EXCLUSIVE: @AlabedBana's mother talks about the latest situation in #Aleppo 19-12-2016https://t.co/dGZYBFFd1B pic.twitter.com/iv9b5gp8QI— Qasioun News Agency (@QASIOUN_NEWS) December 19, 2016
Bana Alabed, Aleppo's tweeting girl, safely evacuated
19 December 2016
Bana and her family - mother Fatemah, father and two younger brothers - were airlifted to Turkey on Monday afternoon, the BBC has been told.
The little girl joined Twitter in September, tweeting about her life in the besieged part of the city. It captured everything from the death of her friends to her attempts to live a normal life.
Along the way, she has picked up more than 325,000 followers, including JK Rowling, who sent her an electronic copy of Harry Potter to read.
However, as pro-government forces began to close in on rebel-held east Aleppo, the family began to fear for their safety.
In recent days, the Twitter account had appealed for rescue.
The last tweet signed by Bana read simply: "Please save us now." More...
.@AlabedBana and many children arrived to #Aleppo countryside. @sams_usa @UOSSM and partners arr coordinating the response plan there. pic.twitter.com/k3iAohYbFY— Ahmad Tarakji, MD (@tarakjiahmad) December 19, 2016
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's statement on Aleppo:
When I look at Syria, I see the Rwandan genocide. When I read the desperate words of Bana Alabed in Aleppo, I see Anne Frank in Amsterdam.
History shows us the same children suffering, the ones we always say we surely would have helped, if only we had been there. But history does not fall from the sky, it is us who make it.
To the children under siege in Aleppo, I pray that you will get out safely. I pray that you will grow up strong, go to school and see peace in your country some day.
But prayers are not enough. We must act. The international community must do everything they can to end to this inhumane war. The Syrian regime must give safe passage to people who want to leave and allow aid workers into Aleppo to save as many lives as they can.
May God be with the children of Aleppo, even if our world leaders are not.
I am sick now, I have no medicine, no home, no clean water. This will make me die even before a bomb kill me. - Bana #Aleppo— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 1, 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
Meet the seven-year-old girl tweeting from Aleppo
2 October 2016
By David Molloy
Aleppo, Syria's second city, has been split in two during the country's long conflict. Daily life has become a struggle for those still living there, caught in the fight between rebel and government forces.
Bana's tweets in English - helped by her mother, a teacher - are bringing fresh attention to the struggles they face in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
In one, Bana appears with her brothers - five-year-old Mohamed, and Noor, three - with the message "drawing with the brothers before the planes come. We need peace to draw."
A short video shows the three together in a bedroom. "We will live forever together," Bana says, before laughing and hugging her brothers. More...
.@AlabedBana & her mother made it out of #Aleppo. Pro-Assad trolls said she didn't exist. pic.twitter.com/dlH3RnBSwX— F. (@7layers_) December 19, 2016
Finding Bana – Proving the Existence of a 7-Year-Old Girl in Eastern Aleppo
14 December 2016
By Nick Waters
This article was written collaboratively with Bellingcat contributor Timmi Allen.
Bana Alabed is a 7 year-old girl who lives in East Aleppo. Through her broken English and simple messages alternating between fear and hope, she has become a representation of the suffering that children face every day within Syria. She is also a star on Twitter. In the three months Bana Alabed’s account has been active it has amassed 284,000 followers, including J. K. Rowling, multiple news reports and over 580 tweets. She also posted multiple videos on Periscope which show her daily life, as well as the bombing that E. Aleppo has endured. Her rapid rise to prominence has resulted in questions from some about the veracity of Bana Alabed, her account and the subject matter she covers. This report will examine the media she has posted, the context in which it is posted, and its probable veracity. Due to the possibility of Bana’s account being deleted, all the tweets we have linked to are screenshots from cached pages. More...