Anti-Syrian regime protesters and supporters of the Islamist Jamaa Islamiya simulate dead Syrian citizens during a rally in front the Russian Embassy in Beirut. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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This is the first of two articles telling the story of Sofy Haddad, a Syrian activist currently based in Beirut.Where possible, the details of Haddad's story have been verified by The Daily Star.By her own account, Haddad experienced something of a personal revolution in the winter of 2010/11, months before the first protesters took to the streets against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Armed with a degree in archaeology from Damascus University, Haddad left the Syrian capital in August 2011 to work at a government-run excavation site in Palmyra. In her time off, she would drive to Homs and join anti-regime protests there, dodging Syrian intelligence and police who arrested many of her friends. In the Spring of 2012, Haddad received a call from a friend and member of the FSA, Abu Omar, who summoned her to Beirut.Still living in Deraa, Haddad traveled several times to Homs.Abdullah al-Salqueni, also a Syrian activist, recalls meeting Haddad at that time. The last time Haddad went to Homs, she was stuck in the city for more than a week as it was pounded by the Syrian army.
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