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    Meet Sweden’s Syrian Refugee Comedian

    Sometimes you just have to laugh. Mahmoud Bitar is dispensing yuks and advice via radio to Sweden’s large immigrant community years after the aspiring actor fled Aleppo. Bitar, 22, fills a valuable niche for a community struggling to adapt to the Nordic nation and its Swedish-speaking airwaves with his part on the first Arabic-language talk show on Sveriges Radio. He’s also reaching out through social media with a message for a fearful Europe: Refugees aren’t out to steal your country — they just want to see their families reunited.

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