The trolls who believe Bana, 7-year-old Syrian girl, isn’t real

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The Twitter account of Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl, who in the past few months shared her experience of living in the besieged and war-torn city of Aleppo, has been targeted by trolls who claim she has fabricated her story. 

Tweeting in English with the help of her mother Fatemah, Bana offered a new, damning perspective on the daily life of those living under the bombs in Syria’s second city. The account — @alabedbana — has amassed more than 100,000 followers since it was started in September. 

Last week, the young girl told Mashable that she and her mother, a teacher, had been displaced from their home and feared for their lives.  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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Syrian girl who received Harry Potter books is ‘trapped’ after bombing

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The Syrian girl who was sent a Harry Potter book by J.K. Rowling has been displaced in Aleppo along with her mother after her house was destroyed by bombing. 

Talking to Mashable via direct message on Twitter, Bana Alabed said they’re still trapped in the rebel-held areas in the eastern part of the city 

“Still inside, we can’t escape. If we go to regime side, they will kill us. We received many death threats,” she said. “We’re just waiting. We’re together.”

Earlier, the 7-year-old tweeted a picture of her house reduced to rubble:  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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