ALEPPO – A window into the gruesome life of Syrians in the besieged city of Aleppo was shut after a seven-year-old girl and her mother posted their farewell tweet earlier this week.
“Last message — under heavy bombardments now, can’t be alive anymore,” a tweet, seemingly posted by Fatemah, was quoted by MIC.com.
“When we die, keep talking for 200,000 still inside. BYE.”
The account, launched last September and followed by more than 84K users, displays aspect of life in the city, under the siege and continuous deadly attacks.
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
It reveals the horrific experience Aleppo kids have to go through. Bana frequently livestreams the air strikes and shells that hit their city.
As heavy shelling has continued to rock Syria’s largest city in recent weeks, the family’s messages have become increasingly desperate.
“Difficult afternoon in East #Aleppo,” reads the caption on a picture posted Saturday of a cloud of dust trailing up in the aftermath of a bomb blast. In another tweet posted Friday, Fatimah begs for help for her family in the form of humanitarian aid.
“Allow in food. Just allow, just…. Please allow it for the thousands starving here. Why is it a problem?” the message read.
Later on, the family tweeted an update that they made it through the bombing, but their home was destroyed in airstrikes by the Syrian government.
According to UNICEF, more than 500,000 children are living under siege in Syria.
“Children are being killed and injured, too afraid to go to school or even play, surviving with little food and hardly any medicine,” UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said in a statement.
“This is no way to live — and too many are dying.”