Home of Harry Potter fan sent books by JK Rowling is destroyed

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The Syrian home of a young Harry Potter fan who was sent books by JK Rowling has been destroyed by bombing.

Writing on Twitter, Bana Alabed said she had “no house” and had almost died after shelling in the eastern part of Aleppo, where she lives.

JK Rowling sent an e-book to the seven-year-old after her mother messaged asking how her daughter could get hold of the Harry Potter novels.

Bana Alabed says she likes to read “to forget the war” around her.

But on Sunday night, her parent’s house was bombed.

Both messages were retweeted by JK Rowling.

Bana lives with her brothers, mother and father in Aleppo

In a conversation with the BBC last month, Fatemah said her daughter “wants the world to hear our voice.”

“She says, ‘Mum, why does nobody help us?'”


Fatemah says her daughter has already seen a lot.
“She saw her friend killed, and our house bombed. She saw her school bombed. So that affected her,” said Fatemah.

Aleppo has been split in two during the long conflict between rebel and government forces in Syria.

Daily life is difficult those still living there and Bana often posts messages about bombings and a lack of food.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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