March 5, 2016 – By CATHERINE SOLYOM, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Sherbrooke, Que. – The last time Ensaf Haidar spoke to her husband, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, it was for exactly three minutes.
Since Badawi was moved to a prison in Jeddah in December, Haidar cannot call him herself, or send him any photos or letters – he would only get them upon his release, in about 10 years. This time, Badawi was allowed just enough time to say hello to each of his three children, Najwa, 12, Doudi, 11, and Myriam, 8.
Haidar can’t say exactly when that was. She doesn’t like to count days; it makes time seem painfully long.
Photos of Badawi ahttp://montrealgazette.com/news/can-canada-do-business-with-saudi-arabia-and-still-support-human-rightsnd the children line the walls of her comfortable home on a quiet street in Sherbrooke.
Across town, giant posters of Badawi cling to the facade of city hall, where a vigil for him takes place every Friday.