In an effort to support displaced writers in Lebanon, PEN Lebanon staged an event for displaced writers at Beirut's Arab Book Fair, December 2016.
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"Wherever I go in Europe and elsewhere I meet many Arab writers who cannot go back to their countries," novelist and PEN Lebanon president Iman Humaydan told The Daily Star.The global human rights association of writers and editors, PEN International has launched a campaign devoted to creating opportunities for writers forced into displacement and living in exile, called "Make Space".According to Sarah Perry, global campaign manager of PEN International, one key aspect of the Make Space campaign is to erect further protection measures for journalists who face political persecution for their work.Prominent writers from across PEN's global membership have backed the international campaign.According to Humaydan, they are in the process of preparing theatrical readings for Syrian writers and theater actors.Working with other association members, the Lebanese chapter investigated the situation of displaced writers and journalists in the country.
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