MAIL ON LINE – His wife Ensaf Haidar, the President co-founder, Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom (RBFF), has launched a worldwide campaign to secure his freedom.
Here, in an excerpt from her new book ‘Raif Badawi, The Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our Story’ (Other Press) Ensaf describes the horror of watching footage of her loved one being whipped in public….
The new year began with an act of violence. On 7 January 2015, two masked men stormed the editorial offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and shot 11 journalists.
The next day, I spoke to Raif. I had spoken to him from prison several times before but will never forget that call as long as I live. ‘Have you heard about the attack in Paris?’ I asked him. ‘No.’ Raif clearly had something else on his mind. ‘Ensaf, I need to tell you something. Will you promise me that you’ll be brave – and not tell the children?’ ‘Yes, of course.’ I sat down on a kitchen chair.