Published December 05, 2016
A 7-year-old Syrian activist's Twitter account that had revealed the horrors of life in Aleppo suddenly went silent over the weekend, sparking fears over her security, but British media reported Monday she was safe.
The girl and her mother, who often tweets on her daughter's account, are alive in an undisclosed location, a source revealed to the BBC.
This news came after weeks of a brutal bombing campaign in the eastern part of Aleppo, with the young acitivist's Twitter account gaining worldwide attention over the horrfying picture it was painting of that part of the city.
“We are sure the army is capturing us now. We will see each other another day dear world. Bye.-Fatemah #Aleppo”, read the account’s last tweet, written by the girl’s mother.
Bana Alabed’s account apparently was deleted Sunday during a relentless army offensive to take back the eastern portion of Aleppo from Syrian rebels. Government forces, aided by Russian airpower, have been pounding that part of the city, accelerating an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The family’s dispatches became increasingly alarming as the government’s offensive grew in intensity.
“Last message-under heavy bombardments now, can’t be alive anymore. When we die, keep talking for 200,000 still inside. BYE.-Fatemah,” read one message from November 27th Sky News reported.
Another read, “The army got in, this could be our last days sincerely talking. No Internet. Please please please pray for us.”
Alabed’s mother, Fatemah, told the BBC in October that her daughter became active on social media because she wished for the “world to hear our voice.”
Young Alabed’s tweets, as well as accompanying pictures, even captured celebrity attention. JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, re-tweeted the young activist and sent her e-books.
It is believed about 250,000 people are still trapped in the eastern part of the city, with at least 300 dying since the latest bombing offensive began.