The Syrian city of Aleppo is in a state of perpetual war, with over 250,000 civilians — including 100,000 children — trapped inside.
7-year-old Bana Al-Abed vividly chronicles her experience living in Aleppo by live-tweeting to a global audience of over 87,000 followers. Her mother, Fatemah, controls the Twitter account.
"Bana kept asking me to share our story so the world can understand what is happening to us," Fatemah told NBC News. "I thought of Twitter as a means of getting our message out, especially if we tweet in the English language, so that the voice of the children of Aleppo can be heard."
On Monday morning, Fatemah tweeted to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that Bana just watched the movie and would now like to read the book. Rowling responded to Bana with words of encouragement.
However, because of the ongoing conflict in Aleppo, there is no way for Bana to grab a copy of the book and Rowling cannot send one to her.
But then — just like magic — Neil Blair, who works for Rowling, came up with the perfect solution. He tweeted that he is going to try to get an eBook version of Harry Potter for Bana to read.
Hopefully reading Harry Potter can provide a slice of normalcy for a big-hearted, 7-year-old girl trapped in a war zone.