Hu Jia, his wife Zeng Jinyan, and their daughter, in happier times.
Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), wife of jailed AIDS activist Hu Jia (胡佳), has reemerged after a one-day disappearance that took the local AIDS activist community by surprise.
Zeng was on her way from Shenzhen to Beijing to meet her in-laws and prepare for Hu Jia’s release this Sunday. At the Shenzhen airport, she told the Oriental Daily that her four-year-old daughter had never been able to celebrate Father’s Day because Hu Jia was imprisoned shortly after her birth.
“My only wish now,” said Zeng, “is that once Hu Jia becomes a free man, our family will never be separated again.” Shortly after this, Zeng boarded the plane and then went into disappearance in Beijing. Her phone was switched off and she remained uncontactable.
Just a while ago, she resurfaced on Twitter, saying, “Sorry to have made everyone worried again. Yesterday I was taken away by eight people at the airport. They also took away my suitcases. I guess life from now on is going to look like this.”
27-year-old Zeng has been spending time in Shenzhen with her daughter but life has not been easy for them down south. Earlier this month, she said authorities in Shenzhen have been trying to get her and her daughter evicted out of their apartment. They moved from Beijing to Shenzhen after harrassment proved too much to bear.
Hu Jia is the winner of the 2008 Sakharov Prize, the top human rights award given out by the European Parliament. He was jailed three and half years on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. Hu is supposedly due for release on June 26.