The family of a 7-year-old girl, whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo reached a global audience, is hoping for a "positive answer" to a letter she sent to new U.S. President Donald Trump.
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In her letter to Trump, written from her new home in Turkey, Bana al-Abed said that she was one of the "Syrian children who suffered from the Syrian war."
Bana told the new president - who according to U.S. news reports may soon move to block visas and refugee admissions for Syrians - how happy she was to live in peace.
"Millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria," she wrote in a copy of the original letter seen by dpa. "You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace," she added.
Bana's mother Fatemah, speaking to dpa by phone from Turkey on Wednesday, said her daughter wrote the letter because "she wants the children of Syria to live in peace again like she is doing right now."
Fatemah, who sent dpa a photograph of the letter but declined to say how it was sent to the White House, hoped that her daughter would receive "a positive answer" soon.
The al-Abed family were among thousands of civilians and fighters evacuated from eastern Aleppo in December when the enclave, devastated by years of heavy shelling and airstrikes, fell to government forces after a brutal five-month siege.
Turkey, which already hosts more than 2 million Syrian refugees, has rarely granted entry to Syrian evacuees in recent times.
However, an exception appears to have been made for Bana and her family, and she was pictured meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.