Amid the ongoing violence and chaos in Syria, thousands of residents are still attempting to flee the country with their families.
An estimated 2,000 civilians were killed in January — a sad and scary number that’s shockingly the lowest number of deaths since the fighting starting, according to the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
Local residents and humanitarians left crying inside for help have few options for getting out, especially from Eastern Aleppo, a city on lockdown amid the ongoing conflict.
However, one little girl who shared her story about the trials and tribulations facing Syrians months ago is now explaining what her new life is like after escaping the horrors of war with her family this past December .
People all over the world followed 7-year-old Bana Alabed as she talked about losing her home, hearing bombs at night and living in fear of being killed, all in a 140 characters or less on Twitter.
The worst night ever where I came closest to dying https://t.co/a2GCtalG25
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) February 2, 2017
Now, just a couple months after being evacuated from eastern Aleppo into Turkey, the young refugee is enjoying a new life with her family. One of the things she says she enjoys the most is being a child again and actually being able to play outside — something neither her nor her two brothers could do in Aleppo.
— CNN (@CNN) February 8, 2017
In the young girl’s former home of Syria, her mother, Fatemah, told CNN, “We could not go out. Because of the bombs, I could not send them to schools because it was so dangerous. So they lived their whole lives at home. They don’t know anyone, just me and their dad.” Now, “when the children see a stranger, they think it’s an enemy.”
Even though the young girl is enjoying her new life free of war, she still has flashbacks about Aleppo.
“I have dreams that I am still in Aleppo and there were more airstrikes. I was seeing how children are dying,” Bana said. “I get sad and cry,” she explained.
I will always speak the truth. No one will shut me up even the whole world. SAVE THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA
— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) February 8, 2017
Turkey has accepted over two million refugees, according to a 2015 statistic shared by Migration Policy Institute and there are hundreds who try to enter into the country on a daily basis.
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