English PEN was deeply saddened to hear that Kurdish PEN member, Mehdi Xoshnaw, was among the victims of the suicide bombing in the South Kurdistan town of Arbil, known as Hewlêr to the Kurds, on 1st February 2004. The English Centre sent the following message of condolence:
English PEN expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Mehdi Xoshnaw. English Pen is appalled by this murderous act against a fellow writer and activist for freedom of speech. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of all the victims of this outrage.
Navenda PENa Englîz bi dilrastî serxweshiya malbata Mehdî Xoshnaw dike. Navenda PENa Englîz ji vê chalakiya kujer li himber hevkarê me yî nivîskar û têkosherê azadiya ramanê gelek xemgîn bûye. Bi fikr û hizrên xwe ve em digel malbat û dostên van kesan in, yên ku bûne cangoriyên (qurbanên) vê bûyera shermezar.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/news/_627