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Rowling sends books to girl in war zone

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016

Author J.K Rowling has sent her Harry Potter books to a young Syrian girl who uses reading to escape from the surrounding atrocities of the war.

Seven-year-old Bana Alabed first made a name for herself when she joined Twitter in September this year, tweeting her day-to-day fears from the war-torn city of Aleppo.

"Good afternoon from #Aleppo I'm reading to forget the war," Bana tweeted in September.

"My friends this is not the moon, this is bomb falling now. Please pray for us tonight. I am afraid. - Bana #Aleppo."

Her mother Fatemeh, who manages the account, tweeted the British author on Monday asking where she could find the bestselling novels for her daughter.

"Hi @jk_Rowling I watched Harry Potter move, Bana would like to read the book - Fatemah #Aleppo."

While Rowling was unsure how to deliver her novels to the family, literary agent Neil Blair who works on the author's team, came up with a winning solution.

"Bana, I work for Jo. Would you be able to read an eBook? If so I'd be happy to get a copy over to you."

The conversation attracted a world-wide audience, with Bana's final tweet thanking the author for the books gaining thousand re-tweets.

"Love you too, Bana! Thinking of you, keep safe #Aleppo," Rowling replied.

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