300 to be kicked out of Broby Hospital: "Can this really happen in Sweden?"
Spirits are low. The tenants met by the newspaper’s reporter at Broby Hospital are angry, sad and despondent. And they don’t know what to do.
On Friday March 18th, the owner knocked on the doors of all the tenants in the main building. He said that they could not live there after April 30th and that the municipality had made the decision.
”He said that they will turn off the water and the electricity, everything, on the last day of April”Sadiq Chukri
– Very few people who live here have their own livelihood, which means that they are having difficulty finding other housing, says Abdirahman "Abdi" Ali, who is helping us to interpret.
We meet mothers, young people who are studying in high school, and fathers who are struggling to find work.
Now they are being urged to find an apartment somewhere else on their own.
– But it is difficult to find an apartment, we do not have enough points and the municipal housing companies in other municipalities are saying no, says Kaltun Ilyaz.
Many of the women are studying at SFI. They are disappointed.
– We have lived here for three years; the children have made friends and go to school here. Now they will be uprooted and have to start afresh.
It's not good for them, says one of the women.
Many people also feel mistreated, like they are less worthy.
– We came here from our homeland because we needed help. Now we're being kicked out. There is a difference between us and those who are now coming from Ukraine; everybody wants to help them.
– We need more time to find somewhere to live. Can this really happen in Sweden, they wonder.
22-year-old Sadiq Shukri came here as an unaccompanied minor. He is in his final year of high school. Now his entire family have come here and are temporarily living in Broby Hospital until they find a "proper" apartment.
– A month ago, we received a letter from the municipality stating that we have to move.
The letter stated that the family's financial assistance would be withdrawn if they stayed.
– We had until June to move, says Sadiq Shukri.
The owner has now said that they have to move out earlier.
– He said that they will turn off the water and the electricity, everything, on the last day of April. He doesn’t care about us. We have to move out; we do not know where to go.
Now they hope that someone can help and give them advice about where to go.