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We Spoke to the Wife of the Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 1,000 Lashes

VICE met the wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger from Saudi Arabia sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes. We discussed her family's refuge in Quebec and the effort of the Canadian government to secure his release.

In June 2012, the creator of the Free Saudi Liberals blog, Raif Badawi, was accused of apostasy and insulting Islam, and sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes by the General Court of Jeddah. VICE met with Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, who sought refuge in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with her three children in 2013. We discussed the message her husband was trying to get across in his writings, the efforts made by both the Quebec and Canadian governments to secure Badawi's release, and the life she left behind in Saudi Arabia.