Posted on 02/08/2022 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

More than a hundred writers, including several prominent ones, have called upon Rwanda's president to take action in the case of a missing poet.

Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Yann Martel, Elif Shafak, and Michael Ondaatje are among those lending their voices to PEN International's efforts to find poet Innocent Bahati, reports the Guardian.

Bahati was last seen February 7, 2021, in a hotel in Rwanda's Southern Province.

His supporters believe that this latest disappearance — bearing some similarity to a much shorter-lived one in 2017 — is "in relation to his poetry and critical expression on issues affecting Rwandan society."

They're asking Rwanda's president to take urgent action on the matter.

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