• Kenya, Will you Marry Me? by Philo Ikonya

    Excerpt from Kenya, Will You Marry Me? by Philo Ikonya, the exiled Kenyan poet and novelist. She is known for speaking out against injustice and corruption and has written extensively on governance, mass poverty and post-election violence in Kenya.

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  • Mansur Rajih: A Poet and Human in Exile
    Mansur Rajih: A Poet and Human in Exile

    This year, the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN, celebrates 50 years of defending freedom of expression around the world with a year-long campaign – Because Writers Speak their Minds. As part of this campaign, the Committee looks back on 50 emblematic cases illustrating how and why they have worked. One case on this list is story of Mansur Rajih. This poet was the first International Cities of Refugee Network’s guest writer in Stavanger, Norway, where he arrived in 1998 after spending 15 years in prison in Yemen.

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