Blind China activist prepares to leave for US

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said he and his family have readied their travel documents needed for his trip to the United States. He had previously spent 6 days at the US embassy after escaping house arrest, and was offered a chance to study law at New York University. A self-taught lawyer, Chen campaigned against forced abortions under China’s one-child policy. He was jailed in 2006 then placed under house arrest in 2010. He left the US embassy to seek treatment for a foot injury in a hospital, where he and his family have been kept. Chen declared he wanted to go to the US because his life could be in danger. Chinese officials said passports of Chen and his family will be ready within 15 days, while the US embassy said the US visas are ready for the Chen family.

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