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Behrouz Boochani welcomed to New Zealand

November 15, 2019 IN WIP
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PEN Melbourne is thrilled that after six years of horrendous detention on Manus Island, highly awarded Kurdish writer Behrouz Boochani has been enthusiastically welcomed on his arrival in New Zealand.

Behrouz tweeted “I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years. I have been invited by Word Festival in Christchurch and will participate in an event here. Thank you to all the friends who made this happen.”

Behrouz is in NZ on a visitor’s visa for one month.

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