Chicago girl receives threat for aiding Syrian protesters with social media
When Alaa Basatneh was six months old her parents moved from Syria to Chicago. Alaa went to school here but always paid close attention to news from the Middle East. In 2010 what became known as “The Arab Spring” transformed the region, and Alaa watched closely. She was only nineteen years old and living in the United States, but as Alaa tells her friend Zainab Khan, she felt she had to get involved.
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