Seven-year-old Syrian girl Bana Alabed, whose tweets from besieged Aleppo drew the world’s attention to the humanitarian crisis, is all set publish her war memoir.
Tiled as Dear World, Bana, who came to international attention with her tweets giving a tragic account of the bombardment by the Assad regime and its allies, will describe her experiences in Syria and how she and her family are adapting to their new life in Turkey.
“I am happy to announce my book will be published by Simon & schuster. The world must end all the wars now in every part of the world,” she tweeted. The book will hit the market before December.
“I hope my book will make the world do something for the children and people of Syria and bring peace to children all over the world who are living in war,” Bana said in a statement issued through her publishe.
Bana started tweeting from her war-torn city in September 2016 and soon gathered a global following. Her mother Fatemah, who started the account, wanted the world to hear her children’s voices in order to galvanize global support for those in Aleppo.
Through her tweets, Bana told the world about the frequent air raids, the death of her friends and her dreams for the future, and shared photos of bombed buildings and graphic images of those killed.
The Alabed family home was reduced to rubble on 27 November as the rebel-held parts of Aleppo were recaptured by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces CNN reported. They went into hiding, but Bana continued to tweet. More than three weeks later, she tweeted that they had “escaped”. Next month, Bana was evacuated from the besieged city to Turkey.
Her memoir will also be available as an audiobook, and a young reader’s edition will be published by Salaam Reads.