Bana and her mother tweet from eastern Aleppo
Mournful tweets from a 7-year-old girl as war rages
Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old bearing witness to the siege of eastern Aleppo with a flurry of posts, is back on Twitter after her account appeared to have been deleted.
And she’s doing OK, despite the jarring onslaught of her once-grand Syrian city, now a bombed-out shell of its former self.
“Hello my friends, how are you? I am fine. I am getting better without medicine with too much bombing. I miss you. - Bana #Aleppo,” her tweet on Tuesday read.
Bana’s mother created the Twitter account for her daughter in late September to “share our life here to the world” as the Syrian army launched a major offensive to recapture Aleppo.
“Hi I’m Bana,” the @AlabedBana account says in its profile. “I’m 7 years old girl. I and my mom are tweeting live from East Aleppo. Account managed by mom.”
The two have been stuck in the rebel-controlled sections of the eastern part of the city, under fierce assault by the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes.
Their mournful and shocking messages – with videos capturing the sounds of bombing and Bana on camera pleading for help – grabbed the world’s attention.
On Monday, two ominous messages showed up on their popular Twitter account, followed by more than 200,000 people.
“We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.- Fatemah #Aleppo”
The account was later deleted, with no explanation. But then it came back online with a disturbing update.
“Under attack. Nowhere to go, every minute feels like death. Pray for us. Goodbye - Fatemah #Aleppo,” it said.
The tweets spawned anxiety among the account’s followers. The Tuesday message brought some relief and gratification; likes and retweets piled up under the latest tweet.
CNN’s Ralph Ellis and Elizabeth Roberts contributed to this report