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Writer Kristian Husted will become a "human book" at UNHCR's Human Library event on May 24

21.05.2019  10:15


As collaborators to the UNHCR, it is our pleasure to announce that we will be contributing to the Human Library project (a concept invented in Denmark, by the way) within the Book Arsenal on May 24, concerning asylum seekers, refugees, IDPs and stateless people. For that occasion, we did not hesitate for a second to contact and invite Kristian Husted, as we think he has a unique and a highly relevant story to tell.


Kristian Husted’s journey

One October day in 2015, a Danish man joins a queue in Lesbos, alongside thousands of people who want to be registered as refugees in Europe. Under the invented identity of Vahid Evazi, an Iranian man, he spends the next two weeks travelling through Europe. His journey ends at Center Sandholm, north of Copenhagen in Denmark, where Vahid is registered as an asylum seeker before being sent out to a Danish asylum centre, alongside two hundred other men from across the world.

Vahid’s Story, the book

What happens to a person when they lose their status as a citizen and enter into the role of refugee? This question holds a central place in Vahid. The book opens with a series of black and white photographs taken on the author’s mobile phone, drawing the reader directly into the queue in front of Moria camp in Lesbos, and further, into the border camps and the lines of people leading up through Europe. Throughout the book, the reader is also presented with official documents and identity papers, screenshots from support groups on Facebook, maps of routes and the author’s own chaotic notes on his phone.


Kristian Husted (born in 1976) is a Danish dramatist and theatre director. He was the theatre critic of the newspaper Politiken between 2012 and 2016. Vahid is his literary debut.