Witness the devastation of Aleppo in this 360-degree video

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One of the biggest and most horrific stories of 2016 has been the ongoing destruction in the Syrian city of Aleppo and a new 360-degree video gives viewers a more complete, immersive view of the of the crumbling historic city.

The video, shared on Tuesday by the Aleppo Media Center, shows the ruins of the city’s eastern al-Shaar neighborhood.

The video isn’t the first such experience to show the utter devastation in Aleppo. Earlier in 2016, Amnesty International Australia used footage shot in 2015 to put together a “virtual reality” experience of the damage in the city, the first time a war zone was seen in this format.  Read more…

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Followers await news after Syrian girl’s Twitter account deleted

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Twitter followers are concerned following the disappearance of the account of Bana al-Abed, a seven-year-old who has shared her experiences of living in the war zone of Aleppo, Syria on the social media platform. No explanation was given to her followers prior to the Twitter account deletion.

It’s been a little less than a week since Bana tweeted what was described as her “last message,” though the girl had sent out tweets since then, including one on Sunday, just before her Twitter account unexpectedly disappeared. 

According to CNN, her final tweet was, “We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.- Fatemah #Aleppo.” Read more…

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7-year-old face of Syrian turmoil, Bana shares ‘last message’ on Twitter

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She has been on Twitter only a few months, but seven-year-old Bana al-Abed’s account has become a voice for many trying to comprehend the horror of life under siege in Syria.

The account, which says it’s managed by her mother Fatemah, has attracted plenty of attention. It shares pictures of Bana studying, and the ruined city around her. After tweeting about her love for Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling even responded

But her messages over the last day have cut through a news cycle otherwise distracted by the ramblings of Donald Trump.

After days of posting videos of smoke plumes above Aleppo, Fatemah shared what she said would be their “last message” on late Sunday. Read more…

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Syrian girl thanks J.K. Rowling for her ‘Harry Potter’ books

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It’s been a series of magical moments for Bana Alabed. 

The 7-year-old girl who has been tweeting from a war zone in Aleppo, Syria is now able to escape into the magical world of Harry Potter, thanks to a gift from the author herself.

On Thursday, Bana’s account, which is run by her mother Fatemah, shared a video of her thanking the author for sending copies of the books. 

“My friend, Joanne, how are you? I started reading the books. Thank you very much. I love you,” Alabed said in a video, showing the cover of the Philosopher’s Stone on a phone.   Read more…

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