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Syrian Americans and the Syrian YouTube Revolution


Credit: Courtesy of Mohja Kahf

Mohja Kahf (right), her daughter, friend and brother-in-law, visiting a wounded Syrian man in Turkey.

The Syrian uprising has been called the YouTube revolution. With reporters barred from entering the country, Syrians have brandished their cell-phone cameras to capture scenes from one of the deadliest uprisings of the Arab spring.

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Mohja Kahf
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Mohja Kahf

Among the most avid viewers of these images are Syrian Americans, like Mohja Kahf. For Kahf, the YouTube revolution began at home, but it was a long time coming.

Mohja is a poet and a professor at the University of Arkansas. She fled Syria with her family in 1971, when she was a toddler. Her father was member of the Muslim Brotherhood and after he left, the government of then-president Hafez al-Assad made being a member of the organization punishable by death.

Michael May of has the story.