Sofyan Aswad: ”Parents are scared of the social services. So they are afraid to reprimand their children”
I lived in Näsby during my second year in Sweden. In fact I never once felt afraid or insecure.
My neighbours always told me about the problems that arose near the kiosk, near my flat.A lot of young people gather there. They talk loudly late into the night and show no respect for bypassers.
Every day I spoke with one of my immigrant neighbours about these young people.
”It is the responsibility of the parents to bring up their children”Sofyan Aswad
– It's all the fault of the social services! said my neighbour.
– What have they got to do with it?
– Parents can't scold their children because they're afraid of the social services. They can take their children away without any reason or on false grounds.
So the parents are afraid of the social services. Because of that they refuse to reprimand their children if they do something dangerous.
– But the social services don't take children away simply because parents teach their children the difference between right and wrong. It is the responsibility of the parents to bring up their children. There are strict rules that regulate when a child may be taken into care, I pointed out.
My neighbour, who talks a lot about everyday insecurity and crime, sums it up like this:
– They sell drugs, burn cars, throw stones at the police. This has an effect on our young children. We don't want them to grow up where this kind of lawlessness is taken for granted. / accepted.
The solution, according to my neighbour, is to hold meetings with the parents and give them correct information on the part played by the social services, so that they are not afraid of them.
I agree with him.
”So it is important to instil courage and hope in the people living and working in the area”Sofyan Aswad
In the shooting incident on 3rd August three people were seriously injured. Afterwards Gamlegården was gripped by fear and worry. Parents were afraid to let their children go out. Now the fear has subsided somewhat, but it is still there.
So it is important to instil courage and hope in the people living and working in the area. Read Iman Alsani's chronicle on page 20. On page 6 you can read about Näsby IF, which engages several hundred children and young people. The club has decided that the proper attitude is all that matters.
”This means that the stands can be full again”Sofyan Aswad
Nasir managed to get home from Kabul just before the taliban took over. Read more on page 16 about his worry for his family, who are still there.
The corona virus is still prevalent. You can get help to make an appointment to be vaccinated, read more on page 15. And on page 23 you can read about the nursing staff who ”danced with corona”.
Happily the government has decided to lift the restriction as regards the number of participants at events as from 29th September.
We still hope that things will soon be brighter. Take care!
Footnote: It will soon be time for Framtidsveckan.(Week for the Future) On Thursday 23rd September at 6:30 pm in Östermalmskyrka. Anders Aalbu from UNHCR in Stockholm will be taking part via a link. He will talk about the refugee situation in the world, and other people will describe ”Living with two home countries”.