Even though she is just seven years old, Bana al-Abed gave President Trump a heartfelt message. Her country -- Syria -- is in the trenches of war. Fights between the government and rebel forces have plagued Syria for years. As a result, eleven million civilians are displaced; half of them are children.
She writes, "Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy...However millions of Syrian children are not like me right now...I know you will be the president of America so can you please save the children and the people of Syria?"
Before she and her family fled, they gave Twitter updates about Aleppo. They still provide followers with content, but their situation's disheartening. What's President Trump's response?
According to him, he'll implement safe zones. ABC News reports, "Trump told Muir safe zones are a necessary tool in stemming the flow of refugees into Europe and neighboring countries, which he said has been a 'disaster.'"
Even though President Trump's answer lacked detail, at least he has a solution in mind. However, rehearsed lines and hand gestures can't solve a crisis; they can't save Syrians (or beat terrorism), either.
Right now, the number of graves is growing. Children are losing more than education, housing, and aid: they're losing their families.
Bana al-Abed's mother, Fatemah al-Abed, pleads, "Look to the children in Syria like your children, what do you do for them? Donald Trump is now president. He can do something for the people, especially in conflict zones."
As ears hear Bana and Fatemah al-Abed, all eyes settle on President Trump. He gabs about safe zones, but what will he really enforce? Spokesman Jeff Davis provides little insight. He states, "We're just not going to be able to comment on pre-decisional things ... our focus right now is ... the degrading and defeating of ISIL."
President Trump is faced with burden. Hopefully, he chooses a responsible route. Whatever he decides, let's hope Syrian refugees -- and children, like Bana -- benefit the most.