Dear Bana Alabed,
There are no words to describe how ashamed I am that those who have the power to help you, and people like you, have not done so.
In the United States, each school child is told to read a book about a girl very much like you. It is called The Diary of Anne Frank, by a girl who – like you – had to hide from evil people. There were cruel people who supported the killers and say that her diary is fake. But it is real, just like you. We are told to read this book so that we understand not to hate others, and we vow that “never again” will we let such systematic killing of innocent people happen again.
But we in the West often forget these lessons. My favorite author is a man named George Orwell, who once wrote that the true evil of war is not so much death, as we all die eventually and usually before we reach one hundred years old. But, Mr. Orwell wrote, “The truly evil thing is to act in such a way that peaceful life becomes impossible.”
We, who do not live our lives in war, forget what is really important. And the most important thing in the world is that innocent people, like you, can live their lives in peace.
I don’t know what else to say, but I hope you will join me in praying for such a world. And I hope you never stop believing that one day our prayers will become reality.
God bless you,