A blogger whose frank and witty thoughts on Syria’s uprising, politics and being a lesbian in the country shot her to prominence was last night seized by armed men in Damascus.
Amina Arraf, who blogged under the name Amina Abdallah, holds dual Syrian and American citizenship and is the author of the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus, which has drawn fans from Syria and across the world.
She was kidnapped last night as she and a friend were on their way to a meeting in Damascus. The kidnapping was reported on her blog by a cousin.
“Amina was seized by three men in their early 20s. According to the witness (who does not want her identity known), the men were armed,” wrote Rania Ismail.
“Amina hit one of them and told the friend to go find her father. One of the men then put his hand over Amina’s mouth and they hustled her into a red Dacia Logan with a window sticker of Basel Assad.”
Basel is the brother of president Bashar al-Assad, and was being groomed for the presidency until his death in a car crash in 1994.
The Syrian government is holding some 10,000 people prisoner in reaction to the protests that began this spring. The regime is one of the most brutal in the world, and many detainees have been tortured and/or killed. I’m not really sure what else to add, other than I hope Amina is ok, and I would encourage you all to spread the word and keep the spotlight on this kidnapping. Maybe some international pressure will help to secure her release.
Thanks, Lauren, for the link.