A Gay Girl in Damascus blogger kidnapped: Take action!

AminaAmina Abdallah Araf, who writes the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus where she speaks critically about Syrian politics, was kidnapped on Monday. Her cousin reports:

Earlier today, at approximately 6:00 pm Damascus time, Amina was walking in the area of the Abbasid bus station, near Fares al Khouri Street. She had gone to meet a person involved with the Local Coordinating Committee and was accompanied by a friend.

Amina told the friend that she would go ahead and they were separated. Amina had, apparently, identified the person she was to meet. However, while her companion was still close by, Amina was seized by three men in their early 20’s. According to the witness (who does not want her identity known), the men were armed. 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. The witness did not get the tag number. She promptly went and found Amina’s father.

The men are assumed to be members of one of the security services or the Baath Party militia. Amina’s present location is unknown and it is unclear if she is in a jail or being held elsewhere in Damascus.


Security forces have attempted to arrest Amina before. She is now one of thousands in Syria who have been detained since the protest movement started.

The Facebook group organized to free Amina is encouraging people to contact the Syrian embassy in your country to demand Amina’s release. You can find a form email here and contact information for embassies here.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    I sent this to all three emails listed for the Syrian Consulate in New York, including a U.N. address. Unfortunately it didn’t list a name of a specific person to send it to.

  • http://feministing.com/members/dawnwest/ Dawn West

    I just found out about this earlier tonight. So horrifying. Just sent an email to the Syrian Consulate in DC.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    We should all protest the Syrian goverment.

    By the way, who exactly is the Syrian goverment right now?

    • davenj

      Bashar al Assad and his Mukhabarat security apparatus. He represents the house of Assad, in which he and his father Hafez have ruled Syria for the past 40 years.

      This is the same guy who’s been oppressing his people for years, secretly constructed a nuclear reactor at al Kibar to enrich plutonium for a weapon, and funnels cash and weaponry to Hamas and Hezbollah. He’s a pretty bad dude, but there’s not a lot that can be done in the way of non-military solutions.

  • http://feministing.com/members/redux46/ Red

    There’s some reason to believe that this blogger might not even exist.

    http://www.tweetdeck.com/twitter/acarvin/~zMjfv

  • http://feministing.com/members/wlukens/ Lallie

    I just want to say that the blogger obviously exists, it’s just the question of whether or not it’s who the blog says it is. Personally, I don’t think that it makes sense for someone whose blog is read worldwide and who has been interviewed internationally to pretend to be taken by militia. In my mind, that’s a little extreme to just get attention. So I hope that wherever Amina Arraf is, that she is still unharmed and is returned to safety soon.