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DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme ‘strongly condemns’ the ‘violent’ assault on Binyavanga Wainaina

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The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Artists-in-Berlin Programme has responded to the recent alleged assault on Binyavanga Wainaina.

While on a prestigious Daad Fellowship in Berlin this week, Wainaina wrote a disturbing account being beaten up in the street by a taxi driver.

The 45-year-old Kenyan writer, who suffered a stroke last year, hailed the cab because he need to get to a pharmacy but – as he relates – the driver lost his temper at Wainaina’s halting speech, which is a result of his illness, and pulled him from the car.

The Daad has released a statement strongly condemning the assault, adding that the programme feels “ashamed that such a violent act could occur in our country”.

The programme adds that it is in close contact with Wainaina and stands “firmly by his side”.

Wainaina has since reassured his fans of his wellbeing on Facebook, saying: “God. 1st am fine. Made my flight to Dar es Salaam, where I want to know where gays and lesbians hang out, and where I can play Tennis.”

Read the full statement from Daad:

The Daad Artists-in-Berlin Programme has noted with deep consternation, that its current guest, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, has been beaten by a taxi driver in Berlin. We strongly condemn this assault and feel ashamed that such a violent act could occur in our country. The Daad Artists-in-Berlin Program stands for a culture of welcoming, for tolerance, international artistic dialogue and the absence of difference. We are all strangers encountering different cultures and bringing these together. This is the only way that a true dialogue can take place. The Daad Artists-in-Berlin Program is in close contact with Binyavanga Wainaina and stands in this situation firmly by his side.

Source: Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD on Facebook

 
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