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The New Times writers are all asylum seekers waiting for their cases to be assessed. While they are here, New Times becomes a stable place in an uncertain period, where they can do something meaningful in the waiting time.

The Team Members

The New Times writers are all asylum seekers waiting for their cases to be assessed. Some will only be here for a short period of time and others are here for many years. While they are here, New Times becomes a stable place in an uncertain period, where they can do something meaningful in the waiting time

By: Michael Bang and Kasper Nybo (photos)

 

 

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WE HAVE THE POWER OF WRITING Ismäel (66) came from Algeria in 2002 and has been at New Times for two years: “I love to write and we know all the problems of being as asylum seekers. We can’t help them, but we can write about them. That is the power we have.”
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I FEEL SO HAPPY Marion (50) was released in January after seven years in prison in China. She came to Denmark in June and has been at New Times for a couple of months: “Everyday when I come to New Time I feel so happy. We come from different countries and cultures, but everyone has the same understanding of humanity. And Robin is a very good team leader, because he has a big heart and concerns about every member of the team.”

 

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IT MAKES THE WAITING TIME GO FASTER Ahmed (25) came from Somalia in 2012 and he has been at New Times for two years: “When you’re an asylum seeker you feel alone and bored, but when you write articles and make interviews, you’re busy and you forget about your problems. Two years at New Times feels like two months, because I’ve been busy.”
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WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF FUN Huda (19) is Palestinian and came from Algeria in 2014. She has been a writer at New Times for two months: “I like that I can speak up for other refugees – and I like that I can write what I want. Despite of very different backgrounds, I got some good friends here and we’re having a lot of fun when we’re making interviews together.”

 

I CAN BE USEFUL FOR OTHER ASYLUM SEEKERS Makmoud (71) fled from Iraq in 2002 and has been a New Times member for three years: “It’s nice to broaden your knowledge on asylum cases and different aspects of the Danish government’s politics - and I like to be active. At New Times I can do something useful for other asylum seekers by reporting about social events and activities at the asylum centers or outside. That is very useful for asylum seekers.”
I CAN BE USEFUL FOR OTHER ASYLUM SEEKERS Makmoud (71) fled from Iraq in 2002 and has been a New Times member for three years: “It’s nice to broaden your knowledge on asylum cases and different aspects of the Danish government’s politics – and I like to be active. At New Times I can do something useful for other asylum seekers by reporting about social events and activities at the asylum centers or outside. That is very useful for asylum seekers.”

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