A Syrian girl, who caught J.K. Rowling’s attention when she tweeted about her love for the Harry Potter films, lost her home in a bombardment of Aleppo on Sunday.
The 7-year-old, who tweets with the help of her mother, wrote that she is “in between death and life now” and beseeched her followers to “please keep praying for us.” She also posted a photo of her house, which has been reduced to rubble.
This is our house, My beloved dolls died in the bombing of our house. I am very sad but happy to be alive.- Bana pic.twitter.com/9i0xxJrQtD
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 29, 2016
The Syrian government has made significant gains in Aleppo over the past few days, retaking more than one-third of the rebel-held city. At least 25 people have been killed by government airstrikes during this surge in fighting, and some 16,000 civilians have fled the city.
Last week, Bana’s mother tweeted at J.K. Rowling, saying that her daughter had watched the Harry Potter films and was hoping to read the books. Rowling arranged for the Harry Potter ebooks to be sent to Bana, and exchanged a series of messages with the girl on Twitter.
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 21, 2016
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 23, 2016
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 23, 2016
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 24, 2016
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 24, 2016
Since her account was launched in September of this year, Bana has been tweeting regular updates from war-torn Aleppo. On September 26, she posted a photo of herself with a book and wrote that she was “reading to forget the war.”
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) September 26, 2016
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