UPDATE 6/13/2011 at 12:03pm CST: ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog is a hoax. We apologize for any inaccurate reporting in this post. Read more here.
A week ago, Alicia wrote about the blog “Gay Girl in Damascus” and it was recently reported yesterday that the author of the blog, Syrian-American Amina Arraf, was kidnapped and is now detained. In one recent report from the Washington Post:
According to a posting on her blog by a relative Tuesday, her family has been unable to find out which of the 18 branches of the security services is holding her. The witness to her abduction said Arraf hit one of her captors before she was hauled away, a detail that would fit with the feisty, passionate and defiant personality that emerges from her blog, which eloquently captures the fusion of hope and apprehension sweeping the region at this tumultuous moment in its history.
Her family continues to update the blog, so check it regularly. Feministing has a post as to how you can take action on how you can take action to demand Amina’s release. To read more about Amina’s capture and blog:
- Fears grow for missing Syrian ‘Gay Girl’ blogger [CNN]
- Gay Girl in Damascus blogger joins ranks of Syria’s detained [The Guardian UK]
- ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’: Syrian Lesbian Blogger Reportedly Missing [Huffington Post]