Twitter girl Bana Alabed asks President Trump to ‘do something for Syrian children’
The seven-year-old who tweeted from besieged Aleppo wrote an open letter to the new American leader, saying Syrian children "deserve peace like you."
The seven-year-old girl who tweeted during the siege of Aleppo has written to new American President Donald Trump – asking him to help millions of suffering Syrian children.
Bana Alabed’s open letter tells how her school was bombed and some of her friends were killed.
She added: “You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.”
Despite progress, about 800,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are still out of school – despite a promise by world leaders a year ago to get them all into education during this school year.
Bana now lives in Turkey after her family were evacuated from Aleppo in December. Earlier today, she visited other Syrian refugee children on the border and live-streamed it on Periscope.
Bana’s Twitter page became popular around the world when she described what was happening around her in east Aleppo.
Her mother Fathima, who helps her to run the account, said Bana wrote the letter before the inauguration of President Trump, whose administration is conducting a review of all foreign aid.
Bana’s letter says:
Dear Donald Trump,
My name is Bana Alabed and I am a seven years old Syrian girl from Aleppo.
I lived in Syria my whole life before I left from besieged East Aleppo on December last year. I am part of the Syrian children who suffered from the Syrian war.
But right now, I am having a peace in my new home of Turkey. 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.
Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy. I can go to school although I didn’t yet. That is why peace is important for everyone including you.
However, millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria. They are suffering because of adult people.
I know you will be the president of America, so can you please save the children and people of Syria? You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.
If you promise me you will do something for the children of Syria, I am already your new friend.
I am looking forward to what you will do for the children of Syria.
Here’s how you can help to ensure all Syrian refugee children get into school.