As a literary studies major at Beloit she won the Kobylka Prize in Journalism and gave a Symposium presentation on “Lost Identity in Arabic Literature.” Today, Zainab al-Khawaja’07 is desperately struggling to save her family. The Guardian is covering her hunger strike, which she took on to protest the arrest of her father, husband, and brother-in-law in Bahrain, where she and her family live. The three men (her father is a human rights activist) were reportedly arrested this weekend, and their family members have been unable to get information about their well-being or whereabouts.
The full article is available at the U.K. paper’s website.
An acquaintance who knew al-Khawaja at Beloit described in an email her as “a firm champion of standing up for what you believe in, no matter the cost.”