The mother of Bana Al-abed, the seven-year-old who became internationally famous for tweeting about life in East Aleppo, asked for help on Wednesday after receiving death threats. According to Fatemah Al-abed, their Twitter account and messages have led them to be the targets of the Syrian Army.
“[Bana and I] received death threats and we are convinced the Syrian Army will target us soon because of our account and messages,” Fatemah, who studied journalism, tweeted on Nov 30.
She added, “We are today appealing to the world, to everyone to do something for me, Bana, my family & the remaining people inside East Aleppo to make sure we get out of Aleppo safe and unharmed by the advancing Syrian Army forces.”
APPEAL to the world – I & Bana received death threats & we are convinced Syrian Army will target us soon because of our account and messages
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 30, 2016
Fatemah’s home got destroyed by the heavy bombardment conducted by the Syrian government.
“We are on the run as many people killed right now in heavy bombardments. We are fighting for our lives. Still with you.- Fatemah,” the mother tweeted on Nov 28.
Bana Al-abed suffered from minor injuries during the bombardment. On Nov 29, she shared a photo of her home that got reduced to rubble. Despite their lack of home, Bana’s followers were relieved that she and her family are still alive after the attack.
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
Bana later tweeted that they have no medicine and no clean water. The seven-year-old fears that they will die due to lack of basic necessities before the bomb gets to them.
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
Bana started tweeting on September. She and her mother tried to show the world what is happening in Aleppo, where 250,000 civilians remain trapped.
The president of Aleppo’s local council asked the government to stop the assaults so innocent civilians can leave safely.
“The civilians are calling for the world to help. In the name of humanity let the civilians leave the city. Help the civilians! Protect the civilians!” pleaded Brita Hagi Hasan during a news conference held with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.