Mother Daughter Duo Have Been Tweeting Their Experiences Living In Aleppo. When They Reach Out to J.K. Rowling, They Get A Heartfelt Response.
Aleppo has been in the public eye lately for the atrocities happening there. There have been some heartwarming stories to come from the region, even with the seemingly endless onslaught of tragedy. Add this moment between a little girl, her mother, and J.K. Rowling as a tiny little bright spot in the larger Aleppo story. A little girl, Bana, and her mother, Fatemah, have been tweeting about their day-to-day lives in the Syrian war zone. The pair recently reached out to J.K. Rowling after having watched Harry Potter together. Evidently, Bana loved the film and wanted to read the books! Ms. Rowling responded to her tweet:
Normally, this wouldn't be an issue. Fatemah would be able to go to a bookstore or library and get the books for young Bana. Unfortunately, Aleppo is a literal war zone right now. Fatemah can't go to any shops. Twitter users were pretty quick to point out that Fatemah and Bana are in something of a bind when it comes to acquiring the books. Firstly, the shops and libraries have all been destroyed by near-constant bombing. Also, the city is under occupation, which means no shipments can come in or go out. Ms. Rowling and her team brainstormed some ideas with the help of the Twitterverse. For a moment there, things seemed like they might not turn out well for Bana. That's when Neil Blair, who works with J.K. Rowling, rushed in and saved the day. Neil is going to help Bana and Fatemah download eBooks, so they don't need to worry about getting anything into or out of the city. Hopefully, that brings a little bit of joy to young Bana. H/T: Mashable, Twitter, People