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PEN Emergency Fund

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Since its founding in 1971 PEN Emergency Fund has been of crucial importance for assisting writers who have been persecuted and are in acute financial need. Many of them have had to flee their country or needed medication after imprisonment. Sometimes their families are in distress.

The Fund works closely with the team at PEN International and operates with minimal overhead; the communication lines are short. The money can quickly be transferred to the writers who need it, sometimes on the day of application, and the financial support by the Fund has saved lives!

During the economic crisis in the recent past subsidies and other contributions to the Fund have been reduced significantly. The Fund, that had been financially stable for decades, is steadily eating its reserves, while the number of applications – now about 50 per year – is growing. This is not sustainable. That’s why we appeal to everyone who can to make a donation to PEN Emergency Fund, so that we can continue this important work. Even the smallest amount is welcome.

Thank you!

- Job Degenaar, president & Wim Jurg, treasurer

Board and Advisory board

Board: René Appel - Job Degenaar – Wim Jurg – Paulien Loerts

Advisory Board: Eric Lax (USA) – Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (USA) – Larry Siems (USA) – Eugene Schoulgin (Sweden/Turkey) – Tienchi Martin-Liao (China/Germany) – David Van Reybrouck (Belgium) – Rudolf Geel (Netherlands)

To donate to PEN Emergency Fund:

BANK: ABN AMRO Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

IBAN: NL97 ABNA 0430 2740 33


Please mention the word ‘gift’ and your name and address.