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Welcome to the Freiland youth culture center in Potsdam.

The center serves as a meeting place where new arrivals can find a friendly face. Attractions include a radio station and internet cafe, providing a lifeline to connect with family and friends back home.

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Erich Benesch runs a pirate radio station from the center. Refugees can take turns as DJ and host their own radio shows.

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They don't look like much yet, but these buses will eventually become rolling information centers.

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There's still plenty to be done before the buses can run again.

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Benesch hopes to install radio equipment so he can take his show on the road.

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The Freiland center invites local graffiti artists to jazz up the walls of the buildings. The murals are replaced every six months.

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Here's another mural. We can all sympathize with a frustrated gamer.

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This small building houses the free internet cafe, where refugees can reach out to friends, search for places to live or work, and get broken devices fixed.

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This sculpture has become a Pokemon Go stop.

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Even trash bins get the Freiland touch.

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The center features a wide range of buildings people can use to work, create, or in the case of this little cabin, just hang out.

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Benesch is converting this bike into a mobile radio station.

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Parties are regularly held in this cafe.

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More artistic expression.

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A small cat lurks.

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Kitted out with a solar panel, the RV doesn't have a permanent use just yet.

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Reporter Katie Collins talks to Benesch and his wife, Iris Manner, a social worker with World Vision.

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A call for volunteers posted in the window of the internet cafe.

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Not quite sure what this means, but it's definitely eye-catching.

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Part of the Berlin Wall has been moved to Potsdam and given a new look.

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Visitors can relax inside this stripped down RV.

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