Stories from people on the move

Children in trolley holding umbrella.

Children Born Homeless

– Please, my children were born here, they know nothing about Afghanistan or any other country. It is January 27th 2020. I am in Malmö to participate in a meeting concerning migration, titled Keeping our humanity. We have just attended a memorial ceremony, lit candles and remembered the victims of WW2, and moved on to …

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Ola Saleh gives presentation at Leaders for Interreligious Understanding

All Hearts Can Change

Sitting at Arlanda airport, speaking on the phone with my partner, I notice an older lady walking towards me. I move my jacket and backpack to make more room for her. She mutters something in Swedish, politely I pause my conversation and say: “I beg your pardon?”  She lashes out at me: ‘’You come here and …

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I hear the sound of raindrops on the roof. The storm blows strongly and shakes the broken window of the tiny living room in which I am laying. I can hardly hear the snoring sound of my friend Ajmal, the tenant of the apartment, from the other room, because of the storm. The horrifying sound …

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A Jewish Guest

After being in Sweden for slightly over a year, I moved in to a shared house. In this household, we were four foreigners and one Swede. Every year we celebrated midsummer together like an odd and loving family. One midsummer party, I had as usual made the hummus and baba ghanoujfor starters, unaware of the full …

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A card given to Ola at the Hoursewarming party

A Muslim in the House

My colleagues drove me around the Stockholm county in my desperate attempts to find accommodation. No, the state doesn’t offer refugees any equity in housing. Finally, I found a place to share with a French housemate, through common friends, and was hosting a small house warming party. One of my colleagues, still wearing a tracking device on his ankle …

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