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Somali community under threat by local gang

Published: 22 Aug 2012 14:27 GMT+02:00

“We escaped from a country at war to be exposed to this in peaceful Sweden,” said Abdula Abdi Dhinbil to national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT).

According to SVT, one year ago there were 160 Somalis living in Forserum, near Jönköping in southern Sweden. Today, that number has dwindled to 95.

The reason that so many of the Somalis in Forserum are choosing to move is that they feel under threat from a local gang.

The group’s windows have been smashed for the third weekend in a row, Somalis resident in the area have been beaten up and many have been subjected to racist remarks.

According to daily Svenska Dagbladet, the perpetrators are a small group of younger males between 17 and 22, making the community feel unsafe.

According to the local Somali association, the police are not doing enough to come to terms with the harassment.

Somali children in the Nässjö area have been kept home from school since yesterday, as parents are too worried to let them out on their own.

According to one school principal, Annika Bertling, the local community had been unaware of how serious the harassment of the Somalis had become until last Thursday when a church in the area held a meeting to address the problem.

“They were worried about how they are being treated in society in general,“said Bertling to SvD, stressing that there are no reports of harassment reported in school.

According to the paper, police and local politicians held a crisis meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Anders Karlsson, mayor of Nässjö, promised on Wednesday that no one should feel unsafe on the way to or from school.

"If they don't feel safe it is our duty to make them feel safe again. This could mean being accompanied to school. If that is what is needed we shall do it," said Karlsson to SvD.

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Your comments about this article

16:27 August 22, 2012 by prince T
This is strange dat they are moving away. It would be war in hammarkulle or hjälbo
16:56 August 22, 2012 by omash kavash
hahahaha bealive me its only wemen n children i bealive if they are boyz the crazy somalis wud fight back surely
23:44 August 22, 2012 by sigfus45
This suspiciously has overtones of a fight over who has control over the sale of illegal drugs. The Somali people have a need for a safe haven, unfortune follows them in their tolerance for violence and illegal activities, especially in their children. Strong family ties overcome local needs for the rule of law.
02:07 August 23, 2012 by Rod Munch
This article raises more than one question. Foresrum has a population of about 2,000 residents. 140 Somali families is equivalent to 1,120 people (8 x 140). Why are 1,000 Somali families being placed in this village of what used to be probably around 1,000 people?? Also, who is harassing the Somalis? I'm inclined to agree with Sigfus45 since the last time there were violent, roaming gangs of ethnic Swedes was around the 11th century.
03:42 August 23, 2012 by ericrufinosiah
The complains by the Somalis should be looked into seriously,and should the

complains are unfounded then strict actions should be taken against the

complainants.I trust the natives Swedish generousity and caring attitude to all

immigrants or else how can one explained the many thousands of economic

migrants or so called refugees were welcomed to Sweden.?
07:17 August 23, 2012 by prince T
@erica. The complaints are not unfounded according to SVT. I dont know what to say yet. I still want to know the main reasons for the attack. But if this another racist attack, everyone knows where i standd
09:52 August 23, 2012 by Rod Munch
@ Prince T- What if an Arab gang is responsible for the intimidation? Will you still stand on the same side?
10:32 August 23, 2012 by truthworthy
The complains are true. the people who did this are known. they are Swedish youngsters. they are known to the police and to the Kommun. But they choose not to do something about this.

The Somalis are strong people with fighting spirit but they are tired of fighting. that is why they left their own country. If they were to stand-up against these kids. Forserum will be a war-zone. It better be be fixed by the police or the consequences will be more than stone-throwing or verbal abuse.
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