Exiled Writer Offered Sanctuary In Uppsala

The threatened Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin who fled to Sweden in March is now living in Uppsala as a guest of the town council who are paying for her rent and living expenses for two years in a pledge to provide a safe place for her to live.

Nasrin has been in exile from Bangladesh since 1994 when she received death threats from radical Muslims who accused her of blasphemy over one of her novels.

The 45 year old had been hoping to settle in India but was forced to flee last year after receiving death threats from radicals living in the country.

She’s since been in ill health and in March had to go into hospital for emergency treatment.

Uppsala’s Town council has agreed to pay for a one bedroom apartment for the next two years as well as an allowance.

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