We all know Bana Alabed. We followed her story when she tweeted her daily life in the horrors of Aleppo. In December, she and her family were evacuated to Turkey , where they are now safe. In a letter sent to the BBC on January 24, she wrote to Donald Trump urging him to help the Syrian children : “You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you,“.
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) 25 janvier 2017
She went on with her heartfelt message, to remind the President of many of her friends who died before her and how it made her sad. “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… However, millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering… because of adult people.”
Bana’s mother Fatemeh, who teaches her daughter English and helped set up the famous Twitter account, said that Bana wrote the letter just before Mr Trump was inaugurated last week. The account attracted followers from over the world.
Unlike Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has supported Syria’s rebels in the conflict to date, President Trump has remained rather vague about his position towards the Syrian regime for the moment.