Gloomy November is over. It hasn’t been so dark for 26 years. December is much brighter, with stars in all the windows, Advent candlesticks and garlands of lights.
But November was bright for Kb Mosaik. The newspaper was awarded the Nya Journalist Prize,a prize given by Lernia and Fokus magazine. We won in the category ” the best medium, platform or forum to conduct a constructive discusion in a language other than Swedish”. Kb gets the prize for ”having enabled immigrants to become integrated in Sweden by means of journalism on the web, in print and in meetings.”
”We feel that our work is appreciated and easy to see. For four years we have been working for integration and against segregation. It is an honour for us to be awarded this prize.”
_ We feel that our work is appreciated and easy to see. For four years we have been working for integration and against segregation. It is an honour for us to be awarded this prize, says Mohamad Kanina. He and Maria Nilsson, who edits the paper, were in Stockholm to receive the prize.
_ It’s great that this work is getting some notice. That they emphasise the importance of reaching out to people we don’t normally manage to have contact with, she says.
We are proud of what we are doing, and we’ll try to continue in the same spirit.
In this issue you can read about Eman Shahoud, a lawyer from Syria. She was a judge too, but she was threatened by extremists who Think that education is something for men only.Her in Sweden she gives support to new arrivals, not least women, and tells them about their rights and obligations in Sweden. Eman has also a mandate from UN, along with 150 other people from all around the world, to write Syria’s new constitution. Read about her on page 6.
”If things get broken, all you get is a clap in the shoulder and praise for having used them”
A couple of good ideas from Östra Göinge. At Fritidsbanken in Broby you can borrow sports equipment at no charge at all.If things gt broken, all you get is a clap on the shoulder and a word of praise for having used them. And the congregation in Broby is going to help people who want to widen their circle of friends on Christmas Eve. You can either choose to invite someone home to your place or be a guest in someone else’s home. A joy shared is a joy made double. Read more on pages 12–13.
Sofyan Aswad, one of Kb Mosaik’s reporters, has had to pay for freedom of speech with his blood. When he was a reporter in Syria he was shot and wounded by a sniper, and then he was sent to prison. Read about him on page 21.
At Christmas we eat rice porridge (Recipe on page 21). 13 days after Christmas it’s time for a less well-known holiday, Twelfth Night, when the three wise men from the East came to worship the infant Jesus in his crib in the stall. A fine thought, that people came from the East to honour him – friendship across the borders.
In our last issue Maryam Hasan and the Society for Handicrafts and Culture appealed for help in finding new premises. The society gives lessons in Arabic, Swedish, IT, art, handicrafts and sewing, among other things. The article led to suggestions from several people on our Facebook site. We hope that the Society can start the New Year in new premises.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And don’t forget to test your fire alarm – December is the month when most fires occur.