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Aleppo Girl, Mom Appeal to Michelle Obama for Help

"I talk to you as a mother," the mother said in a video message sent to NBC News. "I implore you to help us ... because we are so afraid."

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    A mother and her young daughter, whose Twitter updates from besieged Aleppo have captured the world's attention, appealed to first lady Michelle Obama as the Syrian crisis continued to unfold Friday without intervention from the West.

    "I talk to you as a mother," Fatemah Bana al-Abed said in a video message sent to NBC News. "I implore you to help us ... because we are so afraid."

    The message ends with a plea from her 7-year-old daughter, Bana: "Hello, Mrs. Obama. Please help us."

    Syria's President Bashar Assad has called their Twitter account propaganda promoted by terrorists or their supporters.

    Speaking with NBC News via Skype late Thursday, Fatemah confirmed that she and Bana remain in the shrinking rebel-held pocket of devastated eastern Aleppo. The evacuation of civilians to the relative safety of opposition areas in Idlib and the Aleppo countryside stalled Friday after pro-government militias opened fire on buses carrying civilians, rebel sources told Reuters.

    Families Prepare for Aleppo Evacuation Families Prepare for Aleppo Evacuation

    Civilians and fighters are preparing to evacuate from the last opposition-held neighborhood in east Aleppo as part of an agreement between rebels and the Syrian government that will return Syria's largest city to government control. Footage from "Halab Today TV" showed families gathering in eastern Aleppo on Dec. 14 in the morning and preparing for evacuations to opposition-held areas in northern parts of the country. Footage showed ambulances and buses driving into eastern Aleppo on Dec. 14, toward opposition-held areas as the evacuation was due to get underway.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016)