Happy Birthday, Meftih!

By Aaron Berhane September 2007 Meftih newspaper was launched three years ago in September 2004. Many people with good wishes were happy with the init...

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By Aaron Berhane
September 2007

Meftih newspaper was launched three years ago in September 2004. Many people with good wishes were happy with the initiative and come forward hand in hand to strengthen the paper. They supplied advice, articles, and ads. As a result, its content became rich, its circulation expanded, and the numbers of its readers expanded.

Meftih newspaper has accomplished several victories in the last three years. About twenty youth shared their experience, and their knowledge of education, business, sports, etc., with readers via Meftih. They have inspired our community members to excel in all aspects of their lives. And we see momentum accelerate daily.

The role of Meftih columnists is limitless. Their educational and informative articles on housing, health, employment, parenting, love, and household, have been excellent lessons for us. They are still our main source of informative and educational columns. These resourceful members of our community enrich the content of Meftih, and the paper won an award of the Ethnic Press Council in 2006.

Even though Meftih’s accomplishments have been tremendous, it doesn’t mean its road has been without challenges. It was a bumpy road. There are a few people who don’t want to see the growth of our community and they have come forward with obstacles to Meftih’s progress. They dumped the paper in the garbage bin. They tried to convince business people not to place their ads in the pages of Meftih. Blackmailing the paper and its editor is also part of their task. They even try to misinterpret the meaning of the articles. But they have failed in their campaign. Apart from themselves, they have convinced no one.

Due to the wide support of the community, the identity of the paper remains the same and it’s on the verge of continuous growth.

As before, Meftih will keep serving the community, sticking to its formal objectives on its fourth-year journey. Regardless of the political and religious differences in our community, Meftih will work to consolidate the unity of the people. It will also crave to cultivate responsible and accountable citizens and a community that believes in discussion and negotiation. Believing that our differences is a strength, Meftih will continue to accommodate diverse ideas. It will wait for your usual support so as to smoothen its journey. Happy birthday, Meftih!

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