Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who amassed thousands of followers with her tweets from the embattled city of Aleppo, has gone silent on social media.
The last message on Bana’s Twitter account, which is managed by her mother Fatemah, was an ominous one. “We are sure the army is capturing us now,” it read. “We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.- Fatemah #Aleppo.” The account has since been deleted.
The Syrian government has been gaining substantial ground in rebel-held Aleppo, and the escalation in fighting has caused the deaths of at least 319 people — 44 of them children. Over the past few weeks, Bana and her mother shared updates, in the form of tweets and videos, from the frontlines of the violence.
On November 29, Bana posted a photo of her home, which had been reduced to rubble by bombs. “This is our house,” she wrote. “My beloved dolls died in the bombing of our house. I am very sad, but happy to be alive.”
Bana was followed by some 100,000 people on Twitter, and even captured the attention of J.K. Rowling when she told the author that she had watched a Harry Potter movie and “would like to read the book.” Rowling arranged for the ebooks to be sent to Bana, and exchanged a series of messages with the girl on Twitter.
Since Bana’s account was deleted, her followers have been sending out messages of concern and support.
— Desiree Perez (@desrister) December 5, 2016
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