Those who approached me would first look around them to check to see that our government minder was out of earshot and there wasn’t a mukhabarat secret policeman skulking in the background. Then they’d speak quietly, eyes smiling. One or two would add: “Good question.” Or sometimes just: “Thank you.” Each time this happened, my heartbeat would quicken; each quiet comment a registration of protest.

Source: http://blogs.channel4.com/world-news-blog/im-a-minor-celebrity-get-me-out-of-here/19488

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