“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling on Tuesday tweeted out her support for those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo in a series of posts. The move came a day after 7-year-old Bana Alabed, who received the franchise’s books from the author, lost her home to bombing in the city.
Alabed’s mother, using her Twitter account that has amassed over 169,000 followers, reveals the ground realities of the Syrian conflict, putting emphasis on how the bombings and destruction affect the children in Aleppo as the Syrian government and rebels battle it out for the control of the government.
“Under heavy bombardments now. In between death and life now, please keep praying for us. #Aleppo,” read another tweet from Alabed’s account on Monday. She also tweeted about how they were fighting for their lives, homeless, as many people were killed in the latest spate of bombardments.
Another more graphic tweet of Alabed covered in dust, explained she “almost died” when her home was bombed, as the tweets became increasingly frantic.
Rowling, who sent Alabed e-book versions of her blockbuster series, retweeted the child’s tweets and went on to offer ways in which people can help those in need as the country is ravaged by war.
State TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights—which estimates 219 civilians died Sunday, according to the Guardian — say rebel forces have lost a third of their territory in the besieged city over the past few days as President Basher Assad’s forces took control of the strategic Sakhour district, BBC reported. While officials say up to 10,000 residents fled to safer areas, a representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria said 250,000 people still need help.