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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‫Syria’s White Helmets apologise for #MannequinChallenge rescue video

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Syria Civil Defence, a.k.a. the White Helmets, were recently named Nobel Peace Prize finalists for their work, reportedly saving over 70,000 civilian lives in the war-torn nation. 

But a recent video from the group has resulted in considerable backlash, with the Syria Civil Defence now calling it “an error of judgement,” according to CNN.

Filmed by opposition group the Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS), the clip is a riff on the #MannequinChallenge. 

“This video and the related posts were recorded by RFS media with Syria Civil Defence volunteers, who hoped to create a connection between the horror of Syria and the outside world using the viral ‘Mannequin challenge.’ This was an error of judgment, and we apologise on behalf of the volunteers involved,” said the statement. Read more…

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