Friday, 12 December 2014

Words from Behind Bars

2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo smuggled a message out of jail
Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo will be spending his fifth year in prison this year come December 25.

But he doesn't want others to worry about him, that he is relatively healthy and would rather people pay more attention to other Chinese activists in jail.

"The aura around me is enough already. I hope the world can pay more attention to other victims who are not well known, or not known at all," he said in a message that was apparently smuggled out of jail and somehow sent to dissident Liao Yiwu, who lives in exile in Germany.

Liao posted the message on Facebook on Thursday and did not elaborate on how he received the message from Liu, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for inciting state subversion.

Liao would only say he received the message on Tuesday through channels in China and that it was the first time he heard from Liu in more than six years.

"My eyes are suddenly moist," Liao said on Facebook.

Liu's wife, Liu Xia can visit her husband in jail once a month, though their meetings are closely monitored. She has become more depressed and physically weak because she is so isolated even from her family, whom she can only have dinner with once a week.

The jailed activist's message adds he is doing well and has been reading and thinking.

"Through my studies, I have become even more convinced that I have no personal enemies," Liu said.

He may be languishing in jail, but he wants to tell the world he's surviving.

And hopefully those are the words Liu Xia needs to know to gather the strength to carry on.

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