Letter from the Publisher: On the One Year Anniversary of Karibu News, A lot of work Ahead
This past week, we celebrated our one year anniversary. The first time Karibu News hit newsstand was on July 22, 2015. As publisher and founder of Karibu News, I’m pleased that we have been able to publish this paper which links and integrates the immigrant and refugee community of Buffalo. Karibu News has become a reliable source of information for newcomers and multilingual families, as well as a bridge between New Americans and other citizens.
I would like to thank all of our readers and community members who have supported this startup media throughout our journey to become a platform which represents the voices of immigrants and refugees in the vibrant and diverse city of Buffalo. After one year, we’ve had a good experience and great individuals, organizations, and companies encouraging us and supporting us to keep doing what we do.
When I started this newspaper, my main objective was to break the language barrier between immigrants, refugees and natives in the city of Buffalo. I hope that you enjoy reading Karibu News in your language and in English. We have printed articles in Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Burmese, Karen, French, Swahili, Vietnamese, etc. I remember when we started, nobody knew how we would pull off this difficult task.
In August of 2015, Buffalo News wrote an article about Karibu News. One of the many commenters stated “Americans are not of some ‘community’ of people from whatever country they emigrated from. They will become real Americans when they stop referring to themselves as ‘hyphenated’ Americans,” continuing with, “If they do not accept this, they can go back to where they came from”.
One month later I received an anonymous letter in my office mail box. This person wrote, “Why come here instead of taking a shortcut and ending up in another African or Asian country?” He ended his letter saying “One day you may regret coming here.”
These people prove that xenophobia is still a prominent issue and some people in this area do not support immigrants and refugees. I think that some people should change their mindset and understand the obstacles immigrants and refugees face, and why they enjoy living in this country. I don’t see the problem with keeping our culture, speaking our mother tongue, and holding our values. However, New Americans should work hard and keep learning new things in this country.
Karibu News will continue to build a good understanding and relationship between New Americans and other citizens. We will continue to work hard to integrate and link our community by giving them the information they may need. In the future, we plan to increase our circulation and translate in more languages.
Again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all contributors, readers, advertisers, and those who directly or indirectly have made this achievement possible. I invite you to celebrate with us during our event at the Concerned Ecumenical Ministry at 286 Lafayette Ave on August 27. Doors at 5:30 p.m., festivities begins at 6:00 p.m.