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Syrian girl tweets for 'Aleppo's children'

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:32

Syrian Bana Alabed says she began sending updates on Twitter ''for the sake of Aleppo's children, to stay alive.'' Nathan Frandino reports.

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From the bombardment in eastern Aleppo to the flashing cameras in Turkey's presidential palace, life for 7-year-old Syrian Bana Alabed has changed drastically in little time. The girl whose Twitter updates showed the world what life was like in the besieged city was evacuated this week. Now in Ankara, she says her tweets back home began with the help of her father. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN TWITTER GIRL, BANA ALABED, SAYING: "I asked my father to film me near my school, he filmed me and I asked him if it was okay to tweet it. I sent it to Twitter for the sake of Aleppo's children, to stay alive. We used Twitter to make the voice of Aleppo children reach the world." And reach the world, she did. Over time she gained hundreds of thousands of followers... many of whom watched her story unfold, before the ceasefire and evacuation began last week. Despite the relentless struggle, Bana says she feels homesick. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN TWITTER GIRL, BANA ALABED, SAYING: "There was bombing and our house was bombed but we survived, we felt afraid and went down the basement. There was a lot of stones and dust we were about to die, but thank God we survived, my school and my garden were bombed. I miss my house." A feeling for home that she keeps close to her heart and will carry with her until it's safe to return.

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Syrian girl tweets for 'Aleppo's children'

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:32