Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl from Aleppo, has become a freelance journalist for the world, utilizing social media to document Syria’s ongoing civil war, which entered its seventh year in 2017.

In the wake of a chemical attack in the northwest province of Idlib on Tuesday, Alabed took to twitter, as she has too many times before, to plea to the world for help.

The Syrian government is suspected of the attack on the rebel-held Idlib, but the nation’s military has denied responsibility, Reuters reported. The chemical attack is the deadliest in Syria since 2013, when sarin gas killed hundreds of civilians near Damascus.

Chemical attacks are a war crime, but have nevertheless been used throughout the Syrian conflict.   

The exact number of casualties isn’t certain, though number of reported deaths range from 50 to upwards of 100. More than 300 people were injured.

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After making a general appeal to humanity, Alabed specifically called out US President Donald Trump – the second time she’s directly addressed the US president.

“This is today in Syria in Idlib”, she wrote. Tweeting at Trump, she asked, “do you love this?” coinciding with an image of children who had died as a result of the chemical attack.

Please be warned, the tweet is extremely graphic. It can be seen here.

With the help of her mother, Fatemah, Alabed has tweeted about falling bombs, people she knows who have died or been buried in rubble, and how she longed to escape her reality so she could have a childhood.

The United Nations recently reported the number of Syrian refugees has surpassed 5 million.

Alabed is one of the lucky ones. In December, she escaped Aleppo before being brought to Turkey, which has taken in more refugees than any other country.    

In January, Alabed wrote an open letter to Trump asking him to help the Syrian children suffering as a result of the war.

“You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you,” she wrote. “If you promise you will do something for the children of Syria, I am already your new friend.”

In March, she wrote a similar letter to United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.

Two of Trump’s most controversial policies have been executive orders that shut down refugee intake to the US and banned immigration from six (originally seven) Muslim majority countries.

Both executive orders were struck down by federal judges.

Twice, Alabed has pleaded to Trump for help. Twice, the president has tried to bar refugees from entering the US.

If the world has any sense of humanity, there will not be a third time for either.


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7-Year-Old Bana Alabed Makes Another Plea to Trump for Help After Chemical Attack in Syria

By James O'Hare