Sulaiman Addonia (b. 1972) is a British-Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist, who fled Eritrea as a child. He spent his early years in a Sudanese refugee camp and studied in Saudi-Arabia as a teenager. He ended up in London as an unaccompanied minor, without any grasp of English. His novel ‘The Consequences of Love’ (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize) has been translated into more than 20 languages. Addonia now lives in Brussels, where he established a creative writing school for refugees and asylum seekers as well as the Asmara-Addis Literary Festival in Exile.
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