For a little while now, Ai Weiwei has been using his Twitter account to post information about students who died in the Sichuan earthquake as their birthdays come around. This information, presumably, comes from everything gathered by Ai and his volunteers during their Citizen’s Investigation into the student deaths in the 5/12 earthquake. Today (February 5), there are two:
Wang Minghui, male, Feb. 5 1994, Beichuan Middle School, class 4, age 14
Wen Hao, male, Feb. 5, Hanwang Town Center Elementary School, Fifth year, class 4, age 11.
Ai is using the hashtag #512Birthday, and his posts are being re-tweeted by many of his followers.
Say what you will about Ai’s often-outspoken opinions on other things; he’s clearly trying to stay true to his promise to commemorate these children.