The Iraqi writer Suhail Sami Nader arrived with his wife to Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 October 2012 as the municipality’s first ‘safe haven’ author. The 65-year-old writer is persecuted in his home country because of his writing.
In recent years Suhail Sami Nader has been living in Amman, the capital of the neighbouring country Jordan.
Copenhagen Municipality has been planning for his stay in collaboration with ICORN, the International Cities of Refugee Network, and has offered to house the writer and his wife — which includes to hold travel expenses, a monthly sum of 1,600 euros and a furnished apartment in a two-year period from arrival, wrote Copenhagen Municipality’s Culture and Leisure Department on its website.
The Copenhagen Municipality will see to that the author gets the best possible stay in Copenhagen, and first of all ensure that it must give Suhail Sami Nader an opportunity to work without fear of being censored, silenced or threatened.
The author and his wife will be invited to take part in Copenhagen’s cultural and leisure activities, and there will be an official reception at the City Hall.
Also on Fano and in Odense
In addition to Copenhagen’s initiative, ‘safe haven’ authors have also been invited to the island of Fano and to the city of Odense in the southern part of Denmark. The author in Fano has been there two years and is reported to have been very pleased with the arrangement. In Odense, an author has just arrived recently.
The Municipality of Aarhus, which is the second-largest city in Denmark, has allocated funds in its 2013-budget for a new ‘safe haven’ author.
Copenhagen Municipality – 25 October 2012:
ICORN – ankomst af fribyforfatter til København (PDF in Danish)