Now we are into October. It’s getting darker day by day, but enjoy the colours, the leaves that are falling and the clearer air. Kb Mosaik leave September behind us – a month full of interesting meetings. Our reporters have made several interviews, including a unique report on a vicar, a pastor and an imam who hold challenging conversations with prisoners in detention (pages 6–8).
Sweden’s commander in chief, Micael Bydén, took part in a day about Total Defence in Kristianstad. All of Skåne’s 33 municipalities were present. In a crisis, we must all do our bit to manage the situation. Take, for example, the fires in Hästveda in April. Around 50 people were evacuated from their homes. Local farmers made a heroic effort to help, even though they were not soldiers.
Our defence needs more people. Micael Bydén said that the defence should mirror the community as a whole.
”It’s a question of confidence and trustworthiness. We need more women, for increased equality, and more people born outside of Sweden”, he said.
We remember loved ones who have left us, we light candles at their graves
The community must stand united. That is why Kb Mosaik is written in several languages, so that even people who are new to Sweden can read and understand how the community functions, and that a democracy rests on both freedom and responsibility.
Mohamad Kanina writes about becoming a Swedish citizen. Getting Swedish citizenship is a long process. Read his chronicle on page 20.
The Speaker of the Swedish parliament, Anders Norlén, inaugurated the exhibition ”Celebrate democracy” at the Regionalmuseum (until 17th November), which commemorates the fact that our democracy is 100 years old. A hundred years ago parliament voted to introduce the right to vote for both women and men.
Kb Mosaik had the opportunity to meet Norlén to tell him about our newspaper. ”Very interesting and exciting”, was his verdict.
The autumn holiday week for schools will soon be here, and there are innumerable things for the young people to do. Don’t hesitate to take part in whatever is going on – go to Barbacka, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on 26th October (See article on page 13). Parents – on 24th October you can drop in to Lekholmen night nursery, which is also celebrating its 30th birthday.
Östra Göinge has four new police officers, and a big new bus station is going to be built in Broby. Read all about it on pages 14-15.
You can test your health free at Högskolan Kristianstad (page 9). For many years the clinic for children and young people at CSK has helped families with obese children. In September information was given to Arabic-speaking families.
”No guilt should be put on the parents”, says Kristina Georgiev, who is a paediatrician. Three is a lot of pressure from advertisements and the media for us to eat fast food, crisps and soft drinks. Read more on page 19.
All Saints’ Day will soon be here. We remember loved ones who have left us, we light candles at their graves. When someone dies, there are lots of practical details the next-of-kin must attend to, amidst their grief. Read more on pages 16-17.
Take care of one another.