Amina Arraf - who blogs under the name Amina Abdallah - is the
author of A Gay Girl in Damascus, a popular thread which chronicles
Syria's political unrest and social uprising.
As reported on DIVA yesterday, she is thought to have been
abducted on 6 June by armed men.
Now, at the time of this story going live, nearly 12,000 people
have joined the Free Amina page on social networking site Facebook,
which was started on Monday.
Similarly, thousands of people have voiced their concern via
micro-blogging site Twitter.
In addition, news outlets across the globe have picked up on the
plight of the political writer, who is of American and Syrian
Just 24 hours before she was allegedly kidnapped, Adballa wrote:
"I am complex, I am many things; I am an Arab, I am Syrian, I am a
woman, I am queer, I am Muslim, I am binational, I am tall, I am
too thin; my sect is Sunni, my clan is Omari, my tribe is Quraysh,
my city is Damascus."
"I am also a Virginian. I was born on an afternoon in a hospital
in sight of where Woodrow Wilson entered the world, where streets
are named for country stars."
Abdallah is said to be just one of 10,000 citizens detained
since protesters started to call for political reforms and the
reinstatement of civil rights, as well as an end to the state of
emergency which has been in place since 1963.