|Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.|
Meanwhile, Ensaf Haidar, Raif's wife, is urgently calling on Ottawa to do more on behalf of her husband. She was in Ottawa, yesterday.
At 4 a.m. on Fridays, when the streets outside Ensaf Haidar’s apartment in Sherbrooke are dark and silent, she sits alone agonizing about what may be taking place in a public square nearly 10,000 kilometres away.What articles often neglect to report is that Raif is diabetic and there is no news I have found saying the Saudis are treating this. Wounds often take long to head and infection is a real problem with diabetics. It doesn't look good for Raif.
At that moment, her husband, Raif Badawi, could be standing shackled outside a mosque in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. An officer of the Saudi government may be raising a cane and, for the first of 50 times in a five-minute span, bringing it down forcefully across the back and legs of his slightly built prisoner.
World leaders, for the most part, are useless -- bought and paid for by oil or they seem convinced that Saudi Arabia must be placated for their stabilizing influence on the Gulf Region. If Raif is ever to get out of prison, it will be the people across the world protesting.
You can follow a lot of this on Ensaf's Facebook page.
DW reports today on the encouraging groundswell of social media support for Raif. This isn't just people sitting on their butts clicking to sign petitions (or blogging) -- people are getting out and protesting in front of Saudi embassies.
Over 1 Million people worldwide have called to #FreeRaif! Act Now #RaifBadawi is still at risk http://t.co/XaWIBGvk6q pic.twitter.com/m2YqV6YVsl
— AmnestyNow (@AmnestyNow) January 28, 2015
People do seem to be waking up. Western leaders can only do so much PR damage control for the Kingdom for so long.
The Saudis would be best advised to let Raif go now. It will only get worse for them down the road.