On Sunday evening, the mother and daughter tweeted their goodbyes to their followers after their home in eastern Aleppo was hit during a bombing. The tweet garnered over 11,000 retweets and 9,000 likes, with followers responding back with their prayers and well wishes for the safety of the family.
APPEAL to the world - I & Bana received death threats & we are convinced Syrian Army will target us soon because of our account and messages— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 30, 2016
On Saturday, CNN reported that the Syrian regime launched a ground assault on Aleppo, which allowed for them to gain power over rebel controlled neighbourhoods. There were even reports of artillery fire that bombarded a housing area for displaced residents in the eastern part of Aleppo on Wednesday. An estimated 21 civilians were killed in the incident, and another 8 more were caught in shelling on government-held western side of the city. Bana's story is reminiscent of the stories of Anne Frank, who kept a handwritten journal documenting the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and bloggers Riverbend, who wrote Baghdad Burning and Salam Pax, author of Baghdad Blog, whose stories discussed their personal experience during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Even more so, we see a lot of similarities between Bana and Malala Yousafzai, who was the face of our December/January 2016 issue and was also in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Malala had blogged for BBC, documenting her life and thoughts under the Taliban seige in Pakistan. By Kelsey Seepersad Banner photo courtesy of: Twitter @AlabedBana.
Last message - under heavy bombardments now, can't be alive anymore. When we die, keep talking for 200,000 still inside. BYE.- Fatemah— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 27, 2016