“The story of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is the stuff of which movies are made: illiterate until he was in his 20s, he not only taught himself how to read, he taught himself the intricacies of Chinese law.
“He used his legal skills to defend the victims of government oppression: disenfranchised peasants, the disabled, and women forced to have abortions as a result of China’s infamous “one-child” policy. This last effort officially made him an enemy of the state. He was arrested and convicted on what most observers consider to be trumped-up charges.
“After serving 51 months in jail, he was placed under house arrest. In an effort to silence him, officials surrounded his home with guards, surveillance cameras and even installed a jamming device to prevent him from communicating with the outside.”
To be blind and to escape must make him ‘the great escapist’. The Washington Post register’s its concern for possible retribution on Chen Guangcheng’s family, but it doesn’t tell all the story to include the driving force of Chen’s Christian faith behind his ‘human rights’ battle against China’s communist regime as told here: