Eight year-old Bana Alabed is known worldwide for her tweets during the 2016 siege of Aleppo and her call for peace in Syria – and for all children impacted by conflict.

Her tweets became daily dispatches to millions around the world, giving remarkable insight into the horrors of life in the city as her family endured airstrikes, hunger and loss.  Dear World is her first book, a story of a brave little girl trapped in a brutal war who inspired the world with a simple message: “I need peace.”

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave voice to millions of innocent children.

Bana’s happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was just three years old. Over the next four years she knew nothing but bombing, destruction and fear.

Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them, Bana and her family had no choice but to escape and flee to Turkey.

In Bana’s own words, and featuring affecting letters from her mother, Fatemah, Dear World is not just a gripping account of a family endangered by war - it offers a uniquely intimate, child’s-eye perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Bana has lost her best friend, her school, her home and her homeland. But she has not lost her hope - for herself and for other children around the world who are victims of war and deserve better lives.

Publishers:

US Print, Audio & EBook – Simon & Schuster US

UK Print, Audio & EBook – Simon & Schuster UK

"This is my Mummy, who I love very much. She helped me to tell my story to the world on Twitter and write my book in English with my editor. My dream is to become a teacher and teach Syrian children how to speak English, just like my Mum.

She named me after the word “tree” in Arabic. Mummy says she chose it because it is a strong name, and she and my Baba wanted a strong little girl. During the fighting in Aleppo, Mum was very brave like me, even though she was scared also. She showed me you can be both.

When we had to leave Syria as refugees, my mum brought our family photos, her and my Baba’s wedding invitation and locks of hair from me and my two brother’s first haircuts. We couldn’t bring much with us when we escaped. Today things are much better, everyone in my family likes to laugh. Mummy always talks about how important education is and how all children should be in school so they can learn to help people when they grow up, so we can have doctors and teachers and lawyers like my Baba to make Syria strong again one day."

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Hello my friends! I have recently got back from receiving the Freedom Award 2018 in Berlin.

So many interesting people have been awarded this and I am really excited to be one of them. The award is given to people who are dedicated to the cause of freedom so I feel really excited to have been recognised as someone who is devoted to this.
I gave a short speech to say what had happened to me and my family in Aleppo and to encourage the leaders of the world to stand together in the face of what is happening there.
I had a really good time there and got to make a speech. Here is a photo of me with my award. I tweeted that "This award is for the millions of children who the world couldn’t give them freedom." I hope one day they can share my freedom too.
Love and peace
Bana x

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The Oscars: Stand Up for Something

5th March 2018

Hello my friends

I was invited to the Oscars to take part in Common and Andra Day’s performance and stand with nine other activists. I was happy to add Syria’s voice to the Oscars.

On the stage I am standing for peace. Children deserve peace, children have no crime, children didn’t start war. Seven years of war is enough. Children deserve life.

We stand up for Syria and refugees. We stand up for humanity and peace. We must all stand up for something and make the world a better place.

Love and peace

Bana x

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World Children's Day!

20th November 2017

Hello my friends!

I hope you are okay. Did you know that today is World Children's Day? The children of the world are suffering everywhere. I want the children to live in peace. I want the children to go to school. Millions of children cannot go to school because of the war. If we do not end the war the children will not have a better tomorrow.
This is my message to the children of war:
Be strong, and don't lose hope. We shall overcome this some day, and we shall lead.
Love and peace
Bana x

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Hello my friends

I am home in Turkey after visiting New York to talk about my book Dear World.

10th October 2017

In New York I went to the Dream Charter school where I talked with other children about my life living in the war. I am so happy and lucky to be able to go to school like they do now. The students that I met will be in my heart forever.
I went to the Syrian American Medical Society which is helping the people in Syria who need doctors and medicine when they get sick or are hurt by the bombs. I told them my story and they said they will keep fighting to save other Syrian children like me.

I went to see the UN which was very big and beautiful. I was excited that so many big decisions are made there. I hope that they will find out a way to bring peace to Syria.

Twitter invited me to talk at their office. I love them all for letting me to tell my story to the world when I was in Syria. They are my family. I also met Colin Kaepernick who is sad about how people are treated in the USA. I understand because I am sad about how people are treated in Syria, and want to make it better to I can go home again with my family.

I got to see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building, and eat American candy. I am very happy to see my book in book shops in New York.

Love and peace
Bana x

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3rd October 2017

Dear friends
Today I am excited as it is the publication day of my book Dear World.
I am in New York to celebrate the release of my book and to share my story and the story of the other Syrian children.
I hope that everyone will read my book and stand up for refugees and peace everywhere.
Love and peace
Bana x

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Hello again my friends, I am very happy to share with you the cover of my book, Dear World.

29th July

I am again so happy to have this opportunity to tell my story and the story of what has happened in Aleppo to the world. I hope my book will make the world do something for the children and people of Syria and bring peace to children all over the world who are living in war.
Love and peace
Bana x

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