There are 100,000,000 people in the world who check Twitter every day. Over 75,000 have chosen to follow a 7 year old girl.
Her name is Bana Alabed, and she lives in Aleppo, Syria. You know, the place that's getting hit with bombs day after day? Bana and her mother, Fatemah, tweet about their daily experience in the midst of a bloody civil war.
What did you think about when you were 7? If you were anything like me, you probably were finishing homework on the bus so that you could play the rest of the afternoon. But Bana hasn't been able to attend school regularly because of the bombings. Her friend that she wants to play with has been killed. She loves to read because it distracts from her reality.
In the midst of this presidential election, our country has been focused on scandals while innocent children and citizens die every single day, and the media hardly covers it. Not enough is being done to create a permanent ceasefire. The right aid is not being given. As one doctor in Aleppo said,
So, until we demand that our government and others around the world take this crisis seriously, Bana will still be using Twitter to show us what the real destruction of a country looks like. Her voice is sparking her followers, aid organizations, and the media to do what they can to help. According to the WSJ, the city's UN-estimated 12-hour cease fire for humanitarian aid ended earlier today.
Bana, we are hoping and praying for the safety of your family.
Who will be the voice that fights for these people?
We have to keep drawing attention to this nightmare, though instinct might tell us differently. Fight the urge to run or look away. Those in Aleppo can't.