Meet Syrian refugee girl Bana Al-Abed who starred at the Oscars

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Syrian girl Bana Al-Abed on the red carpet at the recent Oscars ceremony is Los Angeles. (Twitter: @AlabedBana) / via Arab News

CAIRO: You might have missed her, but young Syrian girl Bana Al-Abed appeared on stage at the Academy Awards this week, drawing global attention.

The 8-year-old Aleppo girl shared the stage alongside rapper Common and singer Andra Day during a performance at the Oscars on Sunday.

She was invited along with nine other activists by Day and Common to take part in the song “Stand Up For Something” from the movie “Marshall”, which was nominated for Best Original Song.

She posted a photo of herself on the Red Carpet on her Twitter page (@AlabedBana), and shared another photo of herself on stage, with a plea to stand up for the people of Syria.

“Dear #Oscars, tonight we must stand up for the children who are dying in Syria. A child is a child, whether in America or Syria,” she wrote.

Bana rose to fame when she tweeted in 2016 of the bombing of Aleppo, during the country’s ongoing civil war, with the help of her English-speaking mother.

She simply tweeted “I need peace.” Soon after, more tweets were sent out telling the tale of a young girl and her family trapped in eastern Aleppo.

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