She has become one of the many ordinary, inspiring heroes of the Syrian revolution.
Lesbian blogger Amina Arraf captured the attention of the blogosphere for her fearless, blunt accounts of political turmoil in the country, and for her candidness about being gay.
Amina was kidnapped Monday night by armed men in Damascus, according to her cousin Rania who posted a message to Amina’s blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus.
“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.” Rania said the men covered Amina’s mouth and hustled her into “a red Dacia Logan with a window sticker of [president Bashar al-Assad's deceased brother] Basel Assad.”
"We do not know who took her, so we do not know who to ask to get her back. It is possible that they are forcibly deporting her," she wrote.
Amina holds dual Syrian and American citizenship.
Any guesses as to how Assad’s thugs would go about “fixing” an openly Lesbian woman? Lots of non-consensual heterosexual sex comes to mind. I truly, truly hope she is not being raped, but I fear the worst for her.
Activists and supporters have set up a Facebook page to Free Amina. You can also follow #FreeAmina on Twitter for the latest updates and information.
On April 26, in a post on her blog titled ‘My Father the Hero,’ Amina wrote about her courageous father refusing to let two security agents arrest her at their home. She was accused of being a Salafist and a foreign agent.