Gay Girl in Damascus kidnapped — Amina’s missing

Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, the plucky, intelligent, courageous and eloquent blogger and activist, has been disappeared. Her cousin Rania posted the upsetting news on Amina’s blog today. Actually, it was yesterday; it’s late and I’m still up.

For now, I’ll just say that if you don’t know Amina, read her blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. She writes about “An out Syrian lesbian’s thoughts on life, the universe and so on …” Amina has a lot to say, and she says it very well. Her last post was a moving poem:


The bird flies free
Knowing no boundaries
Borders mean nothing
When you have wings

My heart and my soul
Long to follow and soar
Out over mountains
And deserts and seas

I have no wings
And earth presses in
Wrapped in a sheet
Forever to lie

Weighed down by dirtclods
Never to feel
Wind on my wings
Sun on my back

Soaring and flying
Freedom is coming
Here am I wanting
To know it one day

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