7-Year-Old Aleppo Girl Who Tweeted City's Ravages Is Safely Evacuated
Bana Alabed, whose tweeting from Aleppo put a personal face on the city's struggle, has been safely evacuated to Turkey with her family.
It’s not quite a diary, but Bana Alabed’s Twitter feed has people calling her the Anne Frank of the 21st century.
And the 7-year-old Syrian girl, whose mother’s diligent tweeting of the horrors facing Aleppo’s citizenry made her family an international figure of hope, has been safely evacuated from the city with her family.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu that Bana and her family would be brought to Turkey, after the country helped negotiate the ceasefire deal that made the evacuation possible.
Bana’s mother Fatemah helped her daughter chronicle her life — and the lives of her brothers, Mohammad, 5, and Noor, 3 — in Aleppo. Fatemah spoke of the sadness of refugees at having to leave their home; she described it as having “left her soul” in the city.
For three months, Fatemah, an English teacher, has been instrumental in raising awareness for the toll Syria and Russia’s airstrikes have been taking on Aleppo. Bana’s family has been in hiding since November 27, when their home was destroyed.
Ceasfires reached last week had allowed an estimated 8,000-9,000 civilians to flee the city, though rebels set fire to at least six government buses outside the city on Sunday, putting a major dent in the speed at which evacuations could proceed.
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