An alleged lesbian dissident blogger from Syria may be a hoax. Reports surfaced
that the author may have been writing from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Saturday, the website “Lezget real,” which had played a role in much of the “A
Gay Girl in Damascus” blog’s initial success, posted two links that the blogger
had been using to write on the site, both of them located in
An entry posted on the website on Saturday read that the
author “apparently is a 35 year-old lesbian living in Edinburgh,
Back in February, American blogger Paula Brooks corresponded
with Amina Arraf, the woman who allegedly wrote the blog on her experiences as a
lesbian, anti-regime activist in Damascus, and noticed the woman’s IP address
was from Edinburgh, the Washington Post
According to the
, “Arraf” later wrote an email to Brooks discussing her plans to
study in Britain, which the newspaper said led Brooks to believe that she may
have been writing her entries from Scotland all along.
In March, “A Gay
Girl in Damascus” became an internet sensation after the popular uprising
against the Assad regime broke out. This past week readers began to question the
reality of the blog, after an entry on the site written by a woman purporting to
be a cousin of Arraf’s, Rania O. Islam, read that the blogger was taken by three
plainclothes Syrian state security officers and crammed into a car.
her story began to garner more attention, reporters and readers began to ask
questions about Arraf, and it emerged that no one could confirm having ever met
her in person and the picture she had posted on her site is actually of a London
woman who said the images were stolen from her Facebook page.
searching for clues to Arraf’s identity have not been able to find any
confirmation that such a woman exists.Click here to follow Ben Hartman on twitter