By Mark Ellis
He "Pearl" Peirong
The woman who risked her life to drive blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng from his village to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was released from detention. The BBC interviewed “Pearl” Peirong, a former English teacher, following her release.
Pearl rescued Chen after he escaped from house arrest, climbed over walls and forded a river. She drove him from Dongshigu village to Beijing following a secret rendezvous.
Secretary Clinton announced today an agreement that allows Chen Guangcheng and his family to come to the U.S. Chen will reportedly
Chen and his family
accept a fellowship to New York University Law School. US officials stated they were working to expedite Chen’s departure, probably in the next few days.
“This announcement is important and reflect’s Chen’s wishes,” said Bob Fu, ChinAid President. We commend Secretary Hillary Clinton and US Ambassador Gary Locke for working on this after the initial deal fell apart. But it was the media who made this story a global phenomena, along with brave Chinese rights defenders, they kept the pressure on and it led to a good result. Chen is so widely popular now, Beijing probably wants him in New York as soon as possible.”