1. WATCH: ‘Bomb bomb bomb…we don’t know if we will die tonight’; a 7-year-old girl tweets from war-torn Syria

WATCH: ‘Bomb bomb bomb…we don’t know if we will die tonight’; a 7-year-old girl tweets from war-torn Syria

'Survived another day." When a seven-year-old says, 'hope', during the time of war has become like a dinosaur, extinct; you can't sit and not wonder.

By: | Published: October 4, 2016 12:03 PM
Bana al abed, bana, abed, 7 year old syria, 7 year old aleppo, aleppo, aleppo news, syria news, Syria refugee crisis, syria, alan kurdi, alan kurdi one year, Omran Daqneesh, syria border, syria war, syrian war, refugees, refugee crisis, war children 7-year-old Bana’s account ‘@alabedbana’ has more than 23 thousand followers now. She has only one thing to tell them, “I need peace.”

‘Survived another day.” When a seven-year-old says, ‘hope’, during the time of war has become like a dinosaur, extinct; you can’t sit and not wonder. Wonder, what has the world come to, what is going on in Aleppo, Syria. As, Bana al-Abed, wants the war to get over so that she can go to school, little does she know that the bombs might have even demolished the school building. As the phosphorus bombs illuminate her surroundings, al-Abed wakes up during the strikes, wonders if it is day or night. In the last few days, the war has gotten even nastier and has especially ruined the eastern town of Aleppo, the besieged largest city in Syria. Warplanes of Russia and Syria, in a relentless carnage, have killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more. Meanwhile, Bana and mother have been very very lucky to still be surviving. They have been trying to use the social networking website, Twitter, to chronicle their life with the hope that the rest of the world will take notice.

Bana’s account ‘@alabedbana’ has more than 23 thousand followers now. She has only one thing to tell them, “I need peace.” Bana and her father Fatemah have been tweeting damning pictures and videos of bombings and other horrifying images of the besieged city, along with imagery of the 7-year-old trying to study, and doing other normal things. Meanwhile, according to reports from UNICEF and the likes, these recent attacks have killed more than a 100 children. Ironically, there have been many who have claimed that Bana and her mother have been spreading false propaganda, which can only be disappointing. Life has been very difficult for them. Apart from the bombings, there is no food or water supply. They have set up solar panels for the latter. Yet, as of now, looking at her tweets, they are content with being alive. After Vietnam, the Syrian war is one of the worst proxy wars, as both US and Russia are heavily invested in this complicated scenario. But that does not mean anything to Bana al-Abed.

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There was a negotiated ceasefire by Moscow and Washington which lasted just a week, but later did not work out, as warplanes of Syria and Russia bombed aid convoys in areas held by the opposition. What followed, has been devastating. From, explosives-filled barrels to phosphorus bombs, from bunker buster bombs, have been continuously used on civilian grounds which has made the life of Aleppo citizens, a living hell.

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