This 7-year-old tweets from Aleppo in-between bombings
We are dying— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) October 13, 2016
There are 100,000,000 people in the world who check Twitter every day. Over 75,000 have chosen to follow a 7 year old girl.
Her name is Bana Alabed, and she lives in Aleppo, Syria. You know, the place that’s getting hit with bombs day after day? Bana and her mother, Fatemah, tweet about their daily experience in the midst of a bloody civil war.
What did you think about when you were 7? If you were anything like me, you probably were finishing homework on the bus so that you could play the rest of the afternoon. But Bana hasn’t been able to attend school regularly because of the bombings. Her friend that she wants to play with has been killed. She loves to read because it distracts from her reality.
“We don’t want medical aid, we don’t want food – that will make us last longer, but if there is still bombing, it will not save our lives.”
— Mohammad al-Shaghel
So, until we demand that our government and others around the world take this crisis seriously, Bana will still be using Twitter to show us what the real destruction of a country looks like. Her voice is sparking her followers, aid organizations, and the media to do what they can to help. According to the WSJ, the city’s UN-estimated 12-hour cease fire for humanitarian aid ended earlier today.
Bana, we are hoping and praying for the safety of your family.
Who will be the voice that fights for these people?
We have to keep drawing attention to this nightmare, though instinct might tell us differently. Fight the urge to run or look away. Those in Aleppo can’t.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
— Martin Niemoller
Speak for Bana.
Check (and share) Bana’s and Fatemah’s most recent updates on their Twitter here.
And if you want to do more, then donate to The White Helmets who work tirelessly to save the victims of airstrikes.
To those that speak up,