A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: October 1, 2017
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When eight-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
a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana's happy
childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was
only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew
nothing but bombing, destruction and fear.
Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she,
her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in
Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or
Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them, one of
which completely destroyed their home, Bana and her family
embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey. In Bana's own
words, and featuring short, affecting chapters by her
mother, Fatemah, Dear World is not just a gripping account
of a family endangered by war; it offers a uniquely
intimate, child's 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 and refugees of war and
deserve better lives.
Dear World is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the
human spirit, the unconquerable courage of a child, and the
abiding power of hope. It is a story that will leave you
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