Unemployed street newspaper vendor Karsten offers the Strassenfeger (Street Sweeper) street newspaper and its Superhobo comic supplement in front of the main train station in Berlin January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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BERLIN: He has rippling muscles, a cloak and the standard-issue briefs, but "Superhobo" is not your average comic-book hero: his torn bodysuit, shaggy beard and the bottle of beer in his fist all tell of a hard life on the streets.The homeless, the unemployed and the poor immigrants who picked up an armful of the "Strassenfeger" newspapers to sell around Berlin, with the comic as a free supplement, did not seem to find the idea offensive.The aid agency BAGW says the number of people without a home rose 15 percent to 284,000 between 2010 and 2012, and could rise a further 30 percent by 2016 .Helmut Cladders, a volunteer at Strassenfeger, which has a fortnightly run of 15,000 copies and is one of the two biggest such publications on the streets of Berlin, said lots of Polish immigrants sell the paper and more East Europeans are arriving.Marta, a young Polish woman with no apparent superpowers and hardly a word of German, said that after five years in Berlin she had "no home, no family and no money".
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