7-Year-Old Bana Alabed Rescued From East Aleppo Warzone

It's been a long while since we've received such a welcome piece of good news coming out of the five-year-long Syrian civil war.

Bana Alabed - a 7-year-old Syrian girl who captivated the attention of the world with her appeals for help via Twitter - was safely evacuated with her mother from the utterly destroyed East Aleppo neighborhood.

Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, has been the epicenter of the rebellion against the tyranny of President Bashar Al-Assad. What was once a bustling Syrian urban center has been reduced to rubble.

For most of the duration of the civil war it had been controlled by rebel forces, until quite recently, when Assad's forces (bolstered by Russian air power) redoubled their efforts to topple the stronghold of the opposition, who they consider "terrorists".

What has ensued has been called the greatest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. Besides the constant aerial bombardment amidst a city-wide famine, there are reports of men, women and children being forcibly separated. There have also been horrifying accounts of rape being used as a reprisal tactic by Assad's army, as well as accusations of summary mass executions in the streets.

Some activists have gone as far as to call it a genocide.

(via Newsweek)

(via Newsweek)

Bana Alabed, with the help of her mother, has been live tweeting and posting videos throughout the past few months of the battle for Aleppo.

Just this past weekend, Bana read a prepared statement on video, directly imploring First Lady Michelle Obama for help in getting out of the razed city alive.

(via Newsweek)

(via Newsweek)

On Sunday, a Turkish aid group, The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), was able to get to Bana and her mother in the small window of a tentative ceasefire brokered by Russia, Iran and the Syrian government. They were bused to safety in the northern Syrian town of al Rashideen, near the Turkish border.

In the midst of the atrocities and the suffering in Aleppo, this is a truly heartwarming end to the social media saga of Bana Alabed.

But let's try not to lose sight of - or become numb to - the continuing alarming events in Aleppo, and in Syria as a whole.

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