In 1999 Albazzaz won the First Literary Prize of the El Hizjra Foundation in Amsterdam. From November 2001 till February 2002 he took part in the Dunya Literair Traject (Literary Course), under supervision of Remco Ekkers, Jana Beranová and Henry Habibe. He made his debut with a volume entitled Een kaars verduistert toch de zon (A candle will block out the sun anyway), a publication by Werkgroep PAL (study group) in Hollandscheveld, in the province of Drenthe.
Some of his new poems have been included in the anthology Een hand uit de nacht (A hand from the night), published by the Dunya foundation, May 2002.
In June 2002 writers, poets, journalists, literary organisations
and publishers from all over the country filed a
petition for a residence permit for Albazzaz at Zwolles
Royal Court of Justice and the Dutch Immigration Agency
(IND), to prevent his impending extradition. This petition
was signed, amongst others, by J. Bernlef (writer and
chairman of PEN Emergency Fund), Stichting Dunya, Poetry
International, Stichting El Hizjra (centre for Arabic
art and culture), AIDA
Nederland and Dutch Poet Laureate, Gerrit
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