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'In Pittsburgh, a refuge for endangered writers'

Aljazeera America reported on a refuge for foreign writers located in Pittsburgh’s Central North Side, City of Asylum. 

City of Asylum, founded by Henry Reese in 2004, is a haven for artists who were persecuted in their native countries for their writing. Other cities house similar refuges supplemented with state sponsorship, but City of Asylum is unique in that it was created by a single citizen and has via philanthropy. 

Yaghoub Yadali is the most recent addition to City of Asylum after his novel “The Rituals of Restlessness” brought him imprisonment and harassment in his native country of Iran.  

“I respect those that stand up against authority to keep them open and honest,” says Reese.
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