|Meet the bachelorettes: Kinda Za'oor, Rima Dali, Rou'a Jaafar and Lubna Za'oor|
The fate and whereabouts of the four would-be “Brides in White” taken in by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s security agents in a Damascus souk last Wednesday remain unknown (see my post yesterday).
|Rima Dali's solo protest last April (top left)|
The four bachelorettes – Kanda and Lubna Za’oor, Ru’a Jaafar and Rima Dali – were detained as they paraded in typical white bridal gowns in Souk Midhat Pasha with banners calling for peace.
One of the foursome, Rima Dali, was detained last April 8 after a brave, solitary act, which saw her stand in the middle of a busy Damascus street in front of the Syrian parliament holding a banner reading, “Stop the killing, we want to build a country for all Syrians.”
A video showing Rima holding the banner in front of cars with women passersby applauding her went viral on YouTube.
|Ru'a Jaafar and two of her works|
For this, she was arrested but released within 48 hours after Syrian cyber activists organized a bold real-life protest by meeting on the same intersection she had stood at, holding banners with the same slogan.
A month later, Lyse Doucet interviewed Rima, among others, for the BBC video, “Are moderate Syrians being heard?”
Ru’a Jaafar, another member of the quartet, turns out to be a talented painter. Unfortunately, I have been unable so far to find snippets of information about the Za’oor pair, Kanda and Lubna.
|Relevant illustration titled "Their idiocy heartens us" by Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat|