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New association for youngsters’ future

During the summer you've been able to hear voices and see eager footwork at Brobyvallen. Boys of different ages and with different backgrounds have played football, often for hours on end, until late in the evening.
20-40 young people usually get together three evenings a week in the sports hall in Broby. But since 27th October football has been cancelled. In the front row leaders Abdalla Hosseini, Abdirahman ”Abdi” Ali, Yasmin Mahammud and Adan Mohammed.
20-40 young people usually get together three evenings a week in the sports hall in Broby. But since 27th October football has been cancelled. In the front row leaders Abdalla Hosseini, Abdirahman ”Abdi” Ali, Yasmin Mahammud and Adan Mohammed.
Foto: Mikael Persson

Two boys, Abdirahman Ali and Adan Mohammed, are the leaders. They have known one another for ten years. Last summer, in 2019, they started the association Framtida Ungdomar (Youth for the Future).

They started by helping new arrivals, especially unaccompanied refugee children, living at Brobysjukhuset.

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We were open three days a week. We helped people with forms, it was a meeting-place. The young people played TV-games
Abdirahman ”Abdi” Ali, Yasmin Mahammud and Adan Mohammed have started the association Youth for the Future. Among other things they have helped unaccompanied young refugees at Brobysjukhuset with practical matters and built up a football roup.
Abdirahman ”Abdi” Ali, Yasmin Mahammud and Adan Mohammed have started the association Youth for the Future. Among other things they have helped unaccompanied young refugees at Brobysjukhuset with practical matters and built up a football roup.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Many of them have a Somali background.

–They needed help to fill in forms, to ring up the Social Insurance Agency, to get in touch with the employment agency, the social services and the school, to pay the rent, Abdirahman Abdi Ali reels off.

– I 've helped them to bring their families here.

He and Adan went home to the people who needed help.

Different ages, different techniques, but good discipline. Alexander Exintaris is an active player in Kristianstad FC. ”This is great fun too”, he says.
Different ages, different techniques, but good discipline. Alexander Exintaris is an active player in Kristianstad FC. ”This is great fun too”, he says.
Foto: Mikael Persson
Adan Mohammed and Yasmin Mahammud in the 'Youth for the Future'  association. ”I wish there had been people like us when I came to Sweden, who could tell us how things worked”, says Yasmin.
Adan Mohammed and Yasmin Mahammud in the 'Youth for the Future' association. ”I wish there had been people like us when I came to Sweden, who could tell us how things worked”, says Yasmin.
Foto: Mikael Persson

– There wasn't much space. So we tried to find a place for our association with opening hours when we could meet people.

They spoke to Sven Olvegård, who is joint owner of Brobysjukhuset. In the summer they were given rooms on the top floor, three stairs up, to try out.

– It was filthy. We cleaned and tidied the place up. There were a few holes in the ceiling and the toilet was out of order, and they were supposed to fix it. But they didn't, says Adan.

– We were open three days a week. We helped people with forms, it was a meeting-place. The young people played TV-games.

Abdalla Hosseini came as an unaccompanied minor from Afghanistan. Now he works as a leader at Fryshuset. ”It's a good thing that Youth for the Future have brought more young people here”, he thinks.
Abdalla Hosseini came as an unaccompanied minor from Afghanistan. Now he works as a leader at Fryshuset. ”It's a good thing that Youth for the Future have brought more young people here”, he thinks.
Foto: Mikael Persson

– Most of the complaints were about the laundry-room, what was done with refuse, and the heating. It was very cold in the flats, Adan says.

A lot of people were afraid to make any complaints.

– They think they'll be evicted, they don't dare make any demands, he says.

There can be sme tough tackling in football, but never any fighting. What the referee says, goes, even although it might not always be correct.
There can be sme tough tackling in football, but never any fighting. What the referee says, goes, even although it might not always be correct.
Foto: Mikael Persson

The association payid 6,000 crowns a month in rent for the premises. But after two months they had to move out again. The owner wants to reconstruct the premises and make more flats.

– The owner thought we were difficult we know what rights people have, says Yasmin.

She has also become an important cog in the association. In March she and Abdi were married and she moved to Broby. Now she is trying to start up activities for girls.

Yasmin Mohammud is one of the driving forces behind 'Youth for the Future'. At the moment football is on hold because of the risk of spreading the corona infection.
Yasmin Mohammud is one of the driving forces behind 'Youth for the Future'. At the moment football is on hold because of the risk of spreading the corona infection.
Foto: Mikael Persson
The ”Youth for the Future” association  has attracted many newly-arrived young people to Fryshuset's football in the sports hall.
The ”Youth for the Future” association has attracted many newly-arrived young people to Fryshuset's football in the sports hall.
Foto: Mikael Persson

Via the municipality the association came into contact with Fryshuset. With good results.

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The people at Brobysjukhuset didn't know anything about Fryshuset, so now we've brought them there

– The people at Brobysjukhuset didn't know anything about Fryshuset, so now we've brought them there, says Abdi.

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And now we'll start more activities for girls

The association welcomes all 16-25-year-olds in the municipality.

– And now we'll start more activities for girls. Help with homework, things like dancing and music, a language café for young people and their parents. We'll be responsible for it, says Yamin.

Participants come from different backgrounds. They speak Persian, Somali, Arabic, Greek and other languages. On the field, Swedish is the rule.
Participants come from different backgrounds. They speak Persian, Somali, Arabic, Greek and other languages. On the field, Swedish is the rule.
Foto: Mikael Persson
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I wish there had been people like us when I came to Sweden, people who could tell us how things worked

The three young people are aiming high, they have ambitions both for themselves and for others, they work to reduce segregation.

– I wish there had been people like us when I came to Sweden, people who could tell us how things worked, says Yasmin.

– It's our brothers and sisters who live up there, she says about Brobysjukhuset.

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After that they're too tired to go out on the town, they just go home and sleep

Football has moved into the sports hall in Broby. Along with Fryshuset, between 20 and 40 boys play football there three evenings a week. On Saturday evenings there is football for five hours.

– After that they're too tired to go out on the town, they just go home and sleep, says Abdi.

The problem is that the corona virus is spreading more and more. The planned tournament Frysfotboll had to be cancelled.

– We hope we can have it at Christmas instead.

Activities at Fryshuset have also had to be cancelled.

Can you start playing football out of doors again?

– It's cold and dark. We must have lighting. We must see if we can find some solution, says Abdi.

Adan Mohammed, age 23.
Adan Mohammed, age 23.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Facts

Adan Mohammed

Age: 23.
Lives: in Broby.
Family: single.
Background: came from Somalia to Sweden in 2010 as an unaccompanied child refugee, has lived in a foster-home in Broby.
Job: is a qualified electrician, works shifts at Sibbhultsverken.
Leisure interests: the Youth for the Future association, plays football, goes to the gym, meets friends.
Dreams of: ”going on to study at university, study more on an industrial process- and robot-programme”.
Yasmin  Mahammud, age 25.
Yasmin Mahammud, age 25.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Facts

Yasmin Mahammud

Age: 25
Family: married to Abdirahman 'Abdi' Ali
Lives: in Broby
Background: grew up in Somalia, came to Sweden in 2009. Has lived in Katrineholm.
Job: is a qualified asistant nurse. Works at a short-stay home for elderly patients with covid-19 (covid-19 unit) in Hässleholm municipality.
Leisure interests: The Youth for the Future association. ”I do all sorts of things, like going for long walks, listening to music and being with my family”.
Dream of: ”starting a business of my own along with my husband”.
Abdiramman ”Abdi” Ali, age 25.
Abdiramman ”Abdi” Ali, age 25.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Facts

Abdiramman ”Abdi” Ali

Age: 25.
Family: married to Yasmin Mahammud.
Background: born in Somalia, came to Sweden when he was 13, lived for many years at Gamlegården.
Lives: in Broby.
Job: trained in construction work, now works in the home care service in Hässleholm.
Leisure interests: the Youth for the Future association, plays football, spends time with his family and friends.
Dreams of: ”training to be a driving instructor or a dentist, so that I can start my own business in the future. I love working with people”.