Aleppo : A seven-year-old Syrian girl whose Twitter account from Aleppo gained international attention has fled her home amid heavy fighting, but she and her family are safe for now, said her father, reports AFP.
With her mother’s help, Bana al-Abed had been posting heart-rending tweets in English on life in the besieged eastern districts of Syria’s Aleppo. But as Syrian government forces edged closer to their home in recent days, the Abed family fled and the Twitter updates slowed.
“Our house was damaged in bombardment,” her father Ghassan said by phone from east Aleppo, two-thirds of which has been seized by advancing government forces.
“The army got really close to our neighbourhood. We fled to another part of east Aleppo and the family is doing well,” he said, adding that “the internet connection is very weak here.”
Since late September, Bana and her mother Fatemah have garnered more than 211,000 followers by tweeting regular updates on battered Aleppo. Pictures of massive white columns of smoke, captioned “Aleppo right now. We (are) so scared,” are interspersed with shots of Bana reading or scrawling in a notebook.
On Sunday night, Fatemah posted: “We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.” The account fell silent for 24 hours, prompting concerned followers to launch a #WhereisBana hashtag.
An update followed on Monday night, reading: “Under attack. Nowhere to go, every minute feels like death. Pray for us. Goodbye – Fatemah.”