Syrian actress Mai Skaf, one of the most prominent faces of the Syrian revolution, passed away in the French capital of Paris on Monday at the age of 49.
Syrian writers and actors mourned Mai’s death, as did the Syrian Coalition which described her as “daughter of the rebellious, free Syria.”
“Mai passed away in her enforced exile, away from the streets of her hometown of Damascus where she joined the peaceful demonstrators against the Assad regime. We were saddened by the news of her death.”
The Coalition added: “Mai did not hesitate to join the revolution of the Syrian people in its early stages. She chanted unreservedly for the revolution and participated in every protest and sit-in calling for freedom, the lifting of sieges on Syrian cities and towns, and the release of detainees.”
The Coalition extended its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mai as well as to all the Syrian people as it reaffirmed that the hope that Mai used to nourish will continue to be a beacon for all the free Syrians.
Mai joined the anti-regime protests in Damascus very early in the revolution. Following repeated arrests by the Assad regime, Mai was forced to leave Syria for Jordan and later to the French capital Paris.
“I will not lose hope. It’s the great Syria, not Assad’s Syria,” Mai wrote on her Facebook page last Saturday. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)