‘She Was My Mandela’ — Famous Syrian Activist Gets Abducted


For more than a decade Razan Zaitouneh, Syria’s celebrated 36-year-old human-rights lawyer and activist stood her ground against the depredations of President Bashar Assad’s regime. But her strength was no match for the masked men who abducted her, along with her husband and two colleagues, from her home in the Damascus suburb of Douma on Monday night. They are the last in a long line of scores of Syrian civil rights activists to be abducted, assassinated or driven out of the country as the once peaceful uprising, launched in March 2011, has devolved into armed conflict.

Her kidnapping, from a rebel-held area, came as a shock to Syrians who have long held her up as a symbol of peaceful defiance. “She was my Mandela,” laments colleague and antiregime activist Assaad al-Achi, speaking to TIME by phone from the U.K. (although he goes in and out of Syria regularly)…

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