Bana and her mother Fatemah, who has a media background and had the idea to start the account to show how children are suffering from the atrocities in Syria, have posted increasingly distressing calls for help as the Syrian and Russian armies amplified their attacks. They feared, like other civilians who remained in Aleppo, that they would be tortured or killed if they were captured or surrendered to the Syrian government. One U.N. official called the attack on Aleppo “a complete meltdown of humanity,” and humanitarian efforts have pushed for a ceasefire so that civilians can evacuate Aleppo.
At one point during the battle, Alabed’s Twitter account disappeared and had Bana’s followers fearing something had happened to her, but it later returned online.
As they updated their followers, they called on world leaders for help.
Bana’s Twitter hasn’t been active in nearly a day, but a photo surfaced online Monday of Bana with a Turkish aid worker, revealing that she had made it out of Aleppo along with other children who were still trapped in the city. She is believed to have arrived on one of the buses that transported 4,500 civilians out.
Gece boyun bekleyişin ardından şuan 20 otobüste 1500 kişi daha çıktı. İHH acil ekmek ve gıda ulaştırıyor pic.twitter.com/3F4yBUAIMe— Burak Karacaoglu (@brkkrcgl) December 19, 2016
“We endured endless bombardment in Aleppo,” Bana told Turkish news agency Anadolu, according to the BBC. “We have managed to escape the destruction, because our house was reduced to rubble. I would like to say thank you to all those who have been asking about our news.”
Fatemah also spoke of her relief that her message had reached others.
“We are happy because our voice reached all the world,” Fatemah told Qasioun News Agency. “[But] I am sad because in my country, I leave my soul there.”
H/T The Daily Mail