In the last wee while I have been reflecting on the fate of two women, both of whom deserve admiration and support.
There is Aung San Suu Kyi the pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be known. The daughter of an esteemed general, educated in the west, she left everything behind, including her family, to campaign for the freedom of her people. The world rejoiced at her release from house imprisonment, and rightly so. From Jon Snow to Barrack Obama the cultural elite have campaigned for her release and we should rejoice that she at last is free.
Then there is Asia Bibi, a poor Christian Pakistani woman who worked as a day labourer in the fields. Accused by Muslim women of denigrating Mohammed she was nearly lynched and then arrested and tried for the ‘crime’ of blaspheming Mohammed. She has been sentenced to be hanged.
Will there be an international campaign amongst the great and the good for her release?