At only seven years old, Bana al-Abed became famous all over the world as she tweeted from the wartorn city of Aleppo, Syria. Bana will now be writing a memoir based on the experiences she shared through Twitter; it will be titled Dear World and will be published in the United States this fall by Simon & Schuster. A young-reader edition will also be published through the publisher’s Salaam Reads imprint.
Bana has nearly 400,000 followers on Twitter, where she announced the news about the book: “I am happy to announce my book will be published by Simon & Schuster. The world must end all the wars now in every part of the world.”
As The Guardian reports, “Bana came to prominence in September 2016 after she began tweeting descriptions of her experiences of siege in the Syrian city. Documenting the impact of hunger, airstrikes and civil war, she caught the imagination of followers with her longing for a peaceful childhood and fear for the safety of herself and her family.”
Through her Twitter account, which is managed by her mother, Bana was able to give the world a close look at the realities of life in Syria, and she used social media to campaign for peace in the region. She has sent messages to Barack Obama, Theresa May, Bashar al-Assad and Vladmir Putin regarding the violence in Syria. Last year, J.K. Rowling made sure Bana received ebook editions of the Harry Potter series after she tweeted about being unable to find hard copies of the books.
Bana and her family are now safe in Turkey after being evacuated from Aleppo at the end of 2016.
As Christine Pride, senior editor at Simon & Schuster, said, “Bana’s experiences and message transcend the headlines, and pierce through the political noise and debates, to remind us of the human cost of war and displacement.”
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