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Child tweeter Bana Alabed safely evacuated from Aleppo

File photo – People carry belongings as they walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in the government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria, Dec. 17, 2016. (REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki)

A seven year old girl who is tweeting about life in the midst of the devastation of the eastern syrian city of Aleppo is safely evacuated from the city.

A photo of smiling Bana Alabed in a woolen cap was tweeted by the president of the Syrian American Medical Society, Ahmad Tarakji.

The tweet said: “.@AlabedBana and many children came to #Aleppo countryside. @sams_usa @UOSSM and partners o coordination of the approach of plan there.”

.@AlabedBana and many children came to #Aleppo countryside. @sams_usa @UOSSM and partners o coordination of the approach of plan there. pic.twitter.com/k3iAohYbFY

— Ahmad Tarakji, MD (@tarakjiahmad) 19 December 2016

The messages of the Twitter account Bana shares with her mother, Fatemah, increasingly desperate.

She detailed how she narrowly escaped death when their home was destroyed and how people were killed around them as bombs rained down.

Their future appeared uncertain after the girl’s most recent tweets said: “This is my last time, either live or die” and “save us now.”

Her mother added: “Last post – people are dying since last night. I’m very surprised I’m tweeting right now and still alive. – Fatemah #Aleppo.”

Last night, she posted again, begging “please please create a cease-work & us out now. We are so tired”.

Bana’s tweets gave an insight into the terrifying daily struggle of people in Aleppo as they endured bombs, airstrikes and battles.

In a message from the war-torn city, she wrote: “Tonight we have not a house, it is bombed and I got in debris. I saw the dead and I almost died – Bana #Aleppo.”

Another said: “My friends, this is not the moon, it’s a bomb to fall now. Please pray for us tonight. I’m scared. – Bana #Aleppo.”

They also commented on the appalling conditions in the city’s cut-off eastern districts: “I am sick now, I have no medicine, no house, no clean water. This will make me die even before a bomb and kill me.”

This is our house, My beloved dolls died in the bombing of our house. I’m very sad, but happy life.- Bana pic.twitter.com/9i0xxJrQtD

— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) 29 November 2016

But Bana also shared some lighter moments, such as a picture of her smiling when she lost two teeth.

Her escape from the city as tens of thousands of people are evacuated from Aleppo, the rebel-held areas of the countryside to the west of the city.

It is a part of the cease-fire agreed after the regime and its allies intensified attacks in Aleppo and all but wiped out the rebels’ territory.

The story was originally published on Sky News.

 

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