April 20, 2006

Day 58: Nina writes of “The Absurd”

Filed under: Nina's blog — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 8:38 am

On April 20th, Hao’s sister Nina Wu wrote on her blog:

April 19, a friend called to tell me she could not view my blog. In fact, even now, I am unable to normally log onto my blog and hotmail account.

At midnight on both April 18 and 19, I sent sms messages to a woman, hoping to meet with her before leaving Beijing on the 19th, but she did not reply my messages. I couldn’t wait any longer, so I gave her a phone call during the daytime of the 19th. She told me she had not received any of my messages.

Lately, I have not received any replies to the emails I send out. Some “frequently mailed” accounts have stopped communicating. The phone is acting funny too, sometimes it will suddenly stop ringing; sometimes I pick up and no one answers on the other end. I have even been cut-off mid-conversation and heard high-pitched noises. Yet, I am still able to make sense of these disturbances. In the past few days, however, there occurred some really absurd events. I am shocked and confused, I really can’t think of other words to describe the way I feel. Dear God! Please don’t destroy the last dregs of respect that I have for my adversaries.

Is it worth it to go to all this trouble for such a vulnerable and insignificant person as me?

April 18, my parents have been calling everywhere, trying to find my brother. I hid in the apartment, listening to the phone ring, lacking the courage to answer it. In the end, my mother interrogated me on my mobile phone about whether something has happened to my little brother. I could only mumble some incoherent excuse to her. According to our plans, my eldest Aunt should have called my parents on the 19th to casually tell them that Haozi is under police investigation. At the moment, I am back in Shanghai, focused on my parent’s situation. Will they accept what my eldest Aunt tells them? Please God, let their health be able to sustain this shock.

Recently, I have tried everything to log onto my blog, but I encounter a lot of problems. Please be patient, everyone; I am not under any physical restrictions.


  1. If I could make a suggestion - perhaps a link to the petition and letter-writing campaign could be permanently put up at the top of the site. I just got copied on a new email directing people to come to freehaowu to get instructions on how to help - and by now the petition link is pretty far down the page.

    Comment by Other Lisa — April 20, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  2. I heard about your brother, Hao via the Washinton Time’s article, “Shattering the China Dream” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006041902486.html

    Praying for China,
    Lori Ann in L.A.

    Comment by Lori Ann in L.A. — April 20, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  3. Pardon me. That article was found in the Washinton POST, not the Times.

    Comment by Lori Ann in L.A. — April 20, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

  4. Hao Wu’s Sister’s Blog is Banned in China…

    Not so surprising. Her description of her ordeal is nothing short of heartbreaking. April 19, a friend called to tell me she could not view my blog. In fact, even now, I am unable to normally log onto my blog……

    Trackback by The Peking Duck — April 21, 2006 @ 5:00 am

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