Sevenyearold girl’s live tweets from Syria are heartbreaking


This seven-year-old girl might just be the unlikely face of the Syrian civil war.

Young Bana Alabed has been tweeting about the regular bombings in the city of Aleppo, with help from her mother Fatemah, a teacher.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 16: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry give a joint press conference after a meeting on the situation in Syria at Lancaster House on October 16, 2016 in London, England. The United States and Britain warned today that western allies were considering imposing sanctions against economic targets in Syria and Russia over the siege of Aleppo.  (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool /Getty Images)Russia threatened with sanctions over handling of Syria

The girl’s tweets in English paint a vivid picture of life in Aleppo and the horrors witnessed by its citizens.

And, when seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl, the deadly attacks somehow seem more tragic.

Bana and Fatemah only started tweeting last month, but the account has already ammassed 75,000 followers.

Heartbreaking posts include references to the sound of planes overhead, and the death of Bana’s friend in an air strike.

Some have accused the account of being fake or used for propaganda, but Fatemah insists it all comes from the heart.

Their chilling account of life in Aleppo with Bana’s brothers Mohamed, five, and Noor, three, has led to messages of love and support coming in from around the world.

So much so that the mother and daughter need to regularly post to let their thousands of followers know they are safe.

Fatemah told the BBC: ‘She says, ‘mum, why does nobody help us?’

‘She saw everything here. She saw her friend killed, and our house bombed. She saw her school bombed. So that affected her.’

Bana wants to be a teacher when she grows up, but hasn’t been to school since last year.

Russia and Syria could face economic sanctions from the US and UK over bombings in Aleppo.