Bana Alabed, the seven-year-old Syrian girl who caught the world's attention for her Twitter updates from Aleppo, spoke to CNN amid reports of a massacre in the Syrian city.
On Tuesday morning, Bana tweeted from east Aleppo, as regime forces were closing in on the war-torn city, saying "this is my last moment to either live or die."
My name is Bana, I'm 7 years old. I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die. - Bana— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 13, 2016
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Speaking to CNN from an undisclosed location in Aleppo, she and her mother shed some light on the experience on the ground in a city that the UN has described as being a "complete meltdown of humanity"
“My brother, Noor, doesn’t speak because of the bombing," Bana told CNN. "We don’t know what he says and we are so scared of the shelling. When our house was shelled, we were so scared and we suffocated because of the dust and we were going to die.”
Her mother, Fatemah Alabed, defended their use of Twitter, addressing accusations they were being used as a propaganda tool by Syrian opposition.
“Bana can speak a little English. I help Bana make sure that her voice reaches a lot of people in English I received a lot of threatening messages in Twitter, I feel that we are really targeted from regime people, so I can't tell anyone.
"Even my parents doesn't know where I live I am still here. I am real, I am still fighting for my children's life. We are not propaganda. We are real people. We are Aleppo's people.”
Fatemah spoke about the risks that come with their new following, saying she now fears for her children's lives
“We are now known and all of the people in regime know our faces and I am afraid to lose one of my kids if I flee with all the people, because they think I work against the regime. I don't belong to any side ... I was speaking about the Syrian people, about children, especially children here, how they are suffering, how they are living here in east Aleppo. We don't want to fight anyone. I am not belong [sic] to any side, we just want to break the siege and end it and stop the bombing. This is all what we wanted.”
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