Thursday 22 December 2016

Bana al-Abed Meets Turkish President

Bana al-Abed

The mother of a seven-year-old girl whose tweets from inside besieged east Aleppo offered the world a glimpse of the suffering of its civilians has said she hopes her daughter will finally be able to live a normal life, as the family met with the Turkish president.

Bana al-Abed was evacuated from the devastated Syrian city this week and on Wednesday images and video from her family’s meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife, Emine, at the presidential complex were published by the Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu.

Their arrival in Turkey caps an arduous journey for a family that survived twice the destruction of their home and helped document the destruction of east Aleppo, whose residents endured a bombardment, the absence of essential supplies and the destruction of all their hospitals before being evacuated in a deal brokered by Ankara and Moscow.

On Wednesday Bana’s mother, Fatemah, who runs the Twitter account, said she was elated that her children were safe at last.



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