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Looking For Amina Abdullah Arf: The Gay Girl In Damascus Mystery – Is She A Fake?

by | 8th, June 2011

AMINA Abdulla Arf is missing. She is a Syrian-American lesbian blogger. You might have seen Amina Abdallah Araf being kidnapped in Damascus. A woman called Rania Ismail told the Associated Press about her cousin’s disappearance at the hands of three men in suits.

Ms. Araf is known on the web as A Gay Girl in Damascus . On Facebook she is a face of repression (see photo below).

Only, it’s not her face. The face you might have seen on the web and can see here is that of Coratian-born Londoner Jelena Lecic. Her Facebook page says she works at the Royal College of Physicians of London. Well, freedom fighters all look alike, don’t they?

You will recall the names Neda Soltani and Neda Agha-Soltan . One of those woman was shot dead in Iran during protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime. One was not :

The living Neda Soltani was disturbed to suddenly see her image being used everywhere, online, on television and in the press…

Because of the confusion, the ‘real’ Neda Soltani in the photo can no longer use her Facebook page or display her photo, and has fought an uphill battle trying to get individuals and the media to stop using it.

Ms Lecic issues a statement:

“I pray that Amina is safely returned to her family but I want to make it quite clear that I am not her despite my photographs being attached to this story.”

So. Where is Ms. Araf, who only began her Gay Girl blog in February 2011? On her blog, we get this version of events, and news that she has been missing since June 6:

Dear friends of Amina,

I am Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari’s cousin and have the following information to share.

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.

I have just spoken with her father who is trying to locate her. He has asked me to share this information with her contacts in the hope that someone may know her whereabouts and so that she might be shortly released.

If she is now in custody, he is not worried about being in hiding and says he will do anything he can to free her. If anyone knows anything as to her whereabouts, please contact Abdallah al Omari at his home or please email me, Rania Ismail, at onepathtogod at gmail dot com.

We are hoping she is simply in jail and nothing worse has happened to her. Amina had previously sent me several texts to post should something happen to her and we will wait until we have definite word before doing so.


Rania O. Ismail

The Washington Post reported her words thus:

“I live in Damascus, Syria. It’s a repressive police state. . . . But I have set up a blog with my name and my photo. Am I crazy?”

Dunno. All we know is that there is no photo

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