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

Syrian girl Bana Al-Abed on the red carpet at the recent Oscars ceremony is Los Angeles. (Twitter: @AlabedBana)
Updated 06 March 2018
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Meet Syrian refugee girl Bana Al-Abed who starred at the Oscars

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.


YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

Updated 20 June 2018
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YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

DUBAI: Superstar YouTube gamer KSI is set to jet into Dubai for the Dubai Summer Surprises Gaming Challenge, held at The Dubai Mall from June 22 to July 2.
Organized with ITP Live and PlayStation Middle East, the event will see regional gaming influencers MoVlogs, Saygin Yalcin and Tareq Al-Harbi joined on stage by the British phenomenon as members of the public battle it out on games such as PlayLink, FIFA World Cup 18 and Fortnite for the chance to win a raft of prizes.
From June 22-27, a special competition will offer shoppers who spend $54 at the mall the opportunity to play either a single-player FIFA game or a four-player PlayLink game for the chance to qualify for the play-off tournament on June 29 and 30.
The winner will then show his or her mettle in a gaming match with KSI himself on June 30 — he will take to the stage in the mall’s Star Atrium between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, so if you are lucky enough to be in Dubai make sure you arrive early for a chance to see the Internet sensation.
KSI, whose real name is Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji, shot to fame in 2009 when he began uploading videos of himself playing video games onto YouTube. He now has more than 18 million subscribers and helms the 36th most popular YouTube channel in the world.
“I’m pumped to head back to Dubai this year to meet my viewers at The Dubai Mall for Dubai Summer Surprises 2018 and play at the Gaming Challenge event,” KSI said in a released statement.
The comedian, actor, rapper and soon-to-be amateur boxer — he is due to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in a hugely hyped match in August — has even found fame offline, with his album “Keep Up” reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart in 2016.
The event is set to be hosted by high profile Bahraini gamer Ahmad Al-Nasheet, founder of regional gaming website DvLZGaME.