‘City of death’

7-year-old famed for live-tweeting bombings in Aleppo begs Trump to save Syria’s children

Bana Alabed, known as Aleppo's tweeting girl, writes on a paper next to her mother Fatemah after an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, December 22, 2016. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old Syrian girl who became famous for live-tweeting bombings in the besieged city of Aleppo, ultimately had to flee the city in December following the bombing and destruction of her family’s home. Now with her family in Turkey, Alabed, who has in the past conversed with J.K. Rowling over Twitter and made appeals to Michelle Obama, has written a letter to President Donald Trump enjoining him to “save the children and people of Syria.”

“In Aleppo, I was in school but soon it was destroyed because of the bombing. Some of my friends died. I am very sad about them and wish they were with me because we would play together by right now. I couldn’t play in Aleppo, it was the city of death,” wrote Alabed, according to a copy of a letter sent to the BBC by her mother.

“Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy,” she continued. “However, millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria … You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.”

According to the New York Times, Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. as soon as Thursday.

Read the full story at TIME.

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