She went on to say that her school in Aleppo was destroyed by the bombing and some of her friends died.
“Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy. I can go to school although I didn’t yet. That is why peace is important for everyone including you,” the transcript reads, and Bana adds, “However, millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria. You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.”
Turkey, who backs the Syrian rebels, is hosting some 2.7 million refugees from the conflict.
An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Syria’s six-year war between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebel forces. More than 15,000 of them were children.
On her @AlabedBana Twitter account, she described the horrific situation in besieged Aleppo, and became a symbol of the tragedy unfolding in Syria. However, the government criticized Bana’s and her mother’s nearly daily tweets as propaganda.
Peace talks between Syrian rebels and Assad’s government are being held in Kazakhstan, but there have been no signs of a resolution. President Trump’s administration was invited to participate in the talks, organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran, but did not send a delegation.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s spokesman, said on Monday that the president is open to conducting joint operations with Russia to combat the Islamic State group, who control significant territory in northern Syria.