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Rohitha Bashana Abeywardane was born in Sri Lanka in 1972. He is a founder and later editor-in-chief of the alternative weekly newspaper Hiru, which was managed autonomously by the editors. In 2003, he organized the Sinhala-Tamil Art Festival. As a result of his critical newspaper columns, he had to leave the country after massive threats. He continues to publish in various online journals and is currently coordinator of Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka, an organization founded by Sri Lankan journalists in exile. Following a stay in the Heinrich Böll House, Langenbroich, Rohitha Bashana Abeywardane took part in the PEN Writers in Exile Program from September 2007 to August 2010. Today, he lives with his wife in Bremen, Germany.