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Iman Alsanji: ”How can you think that pulling down houses will reduce the number of problems?”

Some people at Gamlegården cause problems and panic among the residents. Nobody knows how to solve the problem. There are people including municipal commissioner Pierre Månsson (L), who suggest that some of the houses here should be pulled down. But how can you pull down houses to reduce the number of problems?
Iman Alsanji
Kristianstad • Publicerad 10 december 2021
Detta är en personligt skriven text i Mosaik Kristianstadsbladet. Åsikter som uttrycks är skribentens egna.
Iman Alsanji works at House of Beatrice. She lives at Gamlegården.
Iman Alsanji works at House of Beatrice. She lives at Gamlegården.Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

I really like living here at Gamlegården, but there are problems caused by certain persons who create panic among the residents. Some, including municipal commissioner Pierre Månsson (L), suggest that some blocks of flats should be pulled down to lessen the number of people living here.

But I think that is wrong, it won't work, what will they do with the people living here, if they don't have work and an income?

”A lot of people out here were worried that blocks of flats might be pulled down”
Iman Alsanji

A lot of people out here were worried that blocks of flats might be pulled down.

I think demands should be made on the people who live here. Most of them are out of work, have no income, have plenty of time to cause trouble.They must find work, they should be made to work.

About 5,000 people live at Gamlegården.
About 5,000 people live at Gamlegården.Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT

I think ABK ought not to welcome new residents who do not have a job. Some use drugs and suchlike. They can work, they aren't ill. The social services must be more strict with them, help them to find work. Everyone must work and tire themselves out, then they can go home and go to sleep at once. And parents must take care of their children.

”Parents must speak to their children every day, always, not just when they have difficulties outside the home”
Iman Alsanji

We at House of Beatrice have courses for parents. We say that parents should not leave their children on the streets, for there is a big risk that they cause problems. Parents must speak to their children every day, always, not just when they have difficulties outside the home.

Now ABK's management board has sent out an e-mail to us who live here. I translated the text into Arabic on Google Translate and thought, ”So they've listened to him, to Pierre Månsson, they're going to pull down flats!”

ABK is to make developments and build more, it says in the e-mail that was sent to everyone living at Gamlegården.
ABK is to make developments and build more, it says in the e-mail that was sent to everyone living at Gamlegården.Foto: Kompan/ABK
”how many of the people living here have understood the text?”
Iman Alsanji

The text was hard to understand.

The e-mail has done nothing to calm us down, it has had the opposite effect.

Now when I read the text again in Swedish it says that ABK does not want to demolish at all. They want to build more, believe in co-operation with Kristianstad municipality, the police and the people who live there. That is a good thing.

But – how many of the people living here have understood the text?

Facts

Houses pulled down here to increase security

Östra Göinge: Göingehem will demolish six blocks of flats with a total of 110 flats in Hanaskog in the next five years. A start is to be made on the first block on 13th December.

Landskrona: In the Karlslund district the municipal company Landskronahem has demolished four blocks of flats. New buildings there will include terraced houses. Other blocks of flats in the area will be completely renovated. Karlslund used to be classified by the police as a ”particularly vulnerable area”. Now it is classed as a ”risk area” - that is, there are fewer problems.

Denmark: Thousands of blocks of flats are to be pulled down in problem areas, to reduce segregation and criminality. This was decided in Folketinget (Denmark's parliament) in 2018. Demolition will go on until 2030. The target is to get rid of all of Denmark's vulnerable areas.