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This 7-Year Old Syrian Girl’s Chilling Tweets of the War Will Break Your Heart

Bana Alabed, 7-year old Syrian war survivor turned activist and correspondent.

Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Syrian war survivor turned activist and correspondent.

A 7-year-old girl from Syria, has been live-tweeting the vicious civil war. The brave young war correspondent and her mother have been tweeting from a satellite phone in East Aleppo, covering the war from the perspective of a young girl and woman stuck in the middle of the feud between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule — as well as jihadist militants from Daesh (ISIS).

Estimates of deaths in the Syrian Civil War, per opposition activist groups, vary between 301,781 and 470,000. On April 23, 2016, the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria estimated that 400,000 had died in the war.

The trouble began five years ago, in 2011, when pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in Deraa. Those protests followed the arrest and torture of teens who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. After forces opened fire on demonstrators and killed several, citizens took to the streets to demand justice and change. Protestors demanded Assad’s resignation, and by July 2011, hundreds of thousands of people were protesting in the streets. Eventually, they began to take arms against the government and Assad struck hard against his own people. A full breakdown of the war is available here.

According to BBC reports, over the weekend, forces for Assad took eastern Aleppo from the rebels after bombing the city. Young Alabed tweeted that her house was destroyed and she was nearly killed.

Related: 10-Year-Old Journalist Janna Jihad Reports Live From Palestine

Fatemah, the girl’s mother, is reported to be a teacher who translates her daughter’s messages into English for their Twitter feed. She requested that followers continue talking about the Syrians trapped in Aleppo and other cities under siege in the event that she and the rest of their family were to die.

The young Syrian’s tweets read like a heartbreaking plot to a war film, only it is real –and so are the people trapped within the civil war.

If you want to help, learn more about the war in Syria and donate funds. Beware of who you give your money to — take a moment to check out Charity Watch’s list of recommended Syrian humanitarian funds.


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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