Recently and with the help of her mother Fatemah, a teacher, the seven year old tweeted author JK Rowling to ask whether there was any way to get the Harry Potter books in Aleppo. The author quickly responded, and a member of her team sent the series sent as e-books.
However, the tweet - which captured the imagination of thousands worldwide - is one of the few rare sunny episodes in Bana’s Twitter feed, which otherwise details the everyday atrocities of the Syrian war.
In one tweet, Bana posts a picture of a young child, who has been killed and is surrounded by blood, along with the caption. “Oh dear world, I am crying tonight, this is my friend killed by a bomb tonight. I can't stop crying.”
In another, Bana is captured on video cowering in a corner as bombs can be heard crashing in the background.
In Bana’s most recent posts - just a few hours ago - her mother explains that the family is on the run and fighting for their lives.
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“What is important is that [the public] has a knowledge of what is happening,” says Janine Di Giovanni, author of a book about the Syrian conflict, The Morning They Came For Us. “When people are aware they can make a louder noise. They will be angry and sad and they will feel the need to do something - even writing a letter - these things add up. This is how we helped to end the war in Bosnia: by public awareness and pressure.”