New publication meant to bridge the gap between diverse communities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new publication called Karibu News is launching.

The weekly publication is intended to connect immigrants to the Buffalo community.

Karibu means “Welcome” in Swahili.

While News 4 crews were at the papers headquarters, it caught the eye of a man walking by. Joseph Nzikamira from Congo said, “This is my language. Karibu. In my language it means welcome. I feel very excited.”

The multilingual publication was created by Rubens Mukunzi.

After coming to the U.S. from Rwanda he noticed it was tough to integrate into society. Soon after he discovered, he’s not the only one.

“When you get here we cannot explain ourselves in English. So I thought I could start a newspaper with different languages because most the newspapers here in Buffalo are in English,” Mukunzi said.

The weekly newspaper will feature various stories in different languages. It will vary depending on the publication. English will always be present, but they will rotate articles in Arabic, Burmese, Somali, Karen, Spanish or Nepali.

“We have such a large refugee and immigrant population that we need to appeal to everybody and we want to integrate that community with the rest of the community,” Sara Ali, the Editor-in-Chief of Karibu News said.

A trial edition of Karibu News launched recently. Its first official publication will be released on August 5.

Karibu newspapers are free and can be found in shops on the East and West Side of Buffalo and downtown.

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