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The women depicted in the new issue of Lebanese comic magazine Samandal always seem a few steps ahead of their present.In another, a Mauritanian woman teaches herself about the history and techniques of film, and attends numerous international festivals.Titled "Hunna," the issue contains eight comics which each tell the story of a different woman from the Middle East and North Africa.For Samandal co-founder Lena Merhej, who interviewed the women and drew the comics, the challenge of depicting someone else's struggles forced her to modify her own style.One week before the launch, Samandal and Oxfam held an introductory comic workshop for 16 women and gender nonconforming people.
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