Eight-Year-Old Bana Alabed Pleads ‘God Help Syria’ After Overnight Airstrikes

The young peace activist continues to put a human face on the ongoing conflict.

As the U.S., working with France and the U.K., carried out a series of missile strikes on Syria overnight Saturday, Bana Alabed once again took to Twitter to remind the world of the civilian consequences of such military actions. The eight-year-old Syrian girl gave a face to the ongoing conflict in her country when she began posting updates from her home in Aleppo in 2016. While she and her family were evacuated last year, Alabed has shown that the daily tragedies in Syria are never far from her mind. 

"I am praying for my country. God help Syria," she tweeted Saturday morning an hour and 20 minutes before Donald Trump took to Twitter to declare the airstrike a "mission accomplished."

Last night's mission, which hit three chemical weapons facilities, was in response to an alleged chemical attack authorized by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Douma on April 7th. The attack killed more than 40 people and affected hundreds more. 

As of publication, whether last night's airstrikes resulted in any civilian casualties is unknown. The Russian, Syrian, and Iranian governments have all condemned the attack, but Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the U.N. told the assembly today that the U.S. is prepared to take further action if Assad is believed to continue his use of chemical weapons. 

This is not the first time global leaders and activists have accused Assad of using chemical weapons against his own people in the seven-year civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced even more families like Alabed's. Speaking for thousands of Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes, Alabed has continued to pressure world leaders to help bring peace to the country. 

"Many children were killed and the bombing doesn't stop," she wrote in a recent letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. "I am asking you to stop this killing. Please, do it for the children, you know they have no crime. I really want you [to] do everything you can."

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