After several false starts, evacuations for civilians from the bombarded city of Aleppo began on Monday, and among the evacuees was 7-year-old Bana al-Abed, who attracted international attention with her Twitter account.
Bana’s tweets are transcribed by her mother, Fatemah, who also uses the account, signing her name to her own tweets. In recent weeks, both have been tweeting messages begging for assistance, describing the horror of buildings falling down around them as friends and family are killed. Multiple goodbye messages left many anxious that Bana and her family were amongst the many killed as Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, advanced into Aleppo against rebel forces.
The Guardian reports that images are now circulating of Bana posing with aid workers from a Turkish NGO, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation. IHH wrote, “This morning @AlabedBana was also rescued from Aleppo with her family. We warmly welcomed them.”
A source told the Guardian that 1,000 civilians in 25 buses had been rescued overnight into the countryside, but 20 more buses were stuck in the district of Ramouseh. An IHH spokesman said in a statement that Bana would likely be transferred to a camp in the Idlib province.
The last tweet from her account was written by her mother, reading, “Dear @MevlutCavusoglu & @rt_erdogan please please please make this ceasefire work & get us out now. We are so tired. - Fatemah #Aleppo.” The account was briefly shut down on Sunday night, and though it is back up, there are no new messages from Bana or Fatemah directly.