At the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, Common and Andra Day performed their Oscar-Nominated song “Stand Up For Something” with a group of activists behind them. The youngest was 8-year-old Bana Alabed, a Syrian refugee who took to Twitter to broadcast the nightmarish experience of living in Aleppo during the siege, airstrikes, and hunger. Her family was eventually able to escape to Turkey, but her experiences stuck with her and led her to write a book, Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace, which was released in October of last year. Bana’s childlike honesty and innocence adds a layer of urgency to the conflict in Syria and the refugee crisis that is hard to ignore; as she grows up, she will be someone to watch.