When a Syrian gay blogger 'Amina' disappears, deception is found
"A Gay Girl in Damascus" was the title of her blog. She was Amina Arraf, an outspoken lesbian in the Syrian capital. And at the start of the Syrian revolution, in 2011, she suddenly became the centre of international attention. Because Amina Arraf went missing. She'd been kidnapped by Syrian government forces... or so the story went.
And for those close to her... or close in heart to her, it was a devastating turn of events. That includes a Montreal woman, named Sandra Bagaria, who'd chatted online with Amina and had become more than a mere acquaintance. Her story is told in the new documentary "The Amina Profile," by director Sophie Deraspe. It's showing as part of Toronto's Hot Docs Festival.
- Sandra Bagaria and Sophie Deraspe joined us from Montreal.
- Bayan Khatib is a Syrian-Canadian activist. She was in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.