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Germany: Refugees launch newspaper for refugees (Unofficial translation)

A group of volunteer refugees have founded Abwab (Doors), an Arabic newspaper with helpful information and stories of hope. Abwab is Germany's first newspaper for refugees. It is made and run by refugees. Its contributors are both Syrians and Iraqis, while its layout designer is based in Turkey. The paper is handed out wherever refugees live.

"Everything is written from a human perspective," said publisher Federica Gaida, publisher, New German Media. "You have to give dignity to people, especially to refugees. They are survivors, they are victims of violence and they all have this suffering inside. We give them the possibility to hear good stories that happen in their community." Abwab's Marketing Manager Necati Dutar explains that the impetus came from printing industry which interested in the growing Arabic-speaking community in Germany.

Wenzel Michalski, Human Rights Watch Germany Director, stated that the newspaper was a positive addition to the many community-led initiatives. "If refugees who come here are not guided by somebody, they are absolutely not informed at all" he told Al Jazeera.

Abwab comes out once a month and is free. Funded by the telecoms group Ortel and the money transfer company Moneygram, the contract to support Abwab runs for six months.

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