Last month, we told the story of a brave seven-year-old girl live-tweeting her experiences of living in war-torn Aleppo.
Amidst the bombings and shootings that have become a daily occurrence in her village, Bana al-Abed tries to forget about the war by concentrating on her favourite activity: reading a book.
And yesterday the young girl took to Twitter to express her delight at receiving a whole new set of novels, after JK Rowling used some wizarding magic to send her a set of Harry Potter e-books.
Bana tweeted an ecstatic message of thanks to the bestselling author, writing, “thank you for the books, love you”.
She also shared an image of herself holding a sign with the same message written on it by hand, which read, “Thank you my friend JK Rowling for the books”.
In a Twitter exchange which has delighted their mutual followers, the author replied, “Love you too, Bana! Thinking of you, keep safe #Aleppo”
The 51-year-old author was first alerted to Bana’s wish to read the Harry Potter books when her mother, Fatemah, tweeted her from the girl’s account.
“Hi JK Rowling, I watched Harry Potter movie, Bana would like to read the book,” she wrote on Monday, to which the author replied, “Bana, I hope you do read the book, because I think you'd like it. Sending you lots and lots of love xxx”
Two days later, Bana was the proud recipient of a set of Harry Potter ebooks, after Twitter users chipped in with advice on how to download the Kindle app to her mother’s phone so she could enjoy reading more books.
Bana has been tweeting her experiences of living in Aleppo since the end of September, when she broadcast a single message reading “I need peace”.
The seven-year-old, who lives with her two younger brothers and runs the account with the help of her mother, has garnered over 93,000 followers for the feed. Her family are hopeful that by raising awareness of the horrific living conditions in Aleppo they can encourage aid to help end the crisis.
If you would like to donate to help children living in Aleppo and the rest of Syria, visit Save the Children’s Crisis Appeal website here.