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racism row

Somali children offered escorts to school

Published onsdag 22 augusti 2012 kl 16.35
The police speak to community members in Forserum. Photo: Alexandra Svedberg/SR

After reports of racist harassment, Nässjö municipality has stepped in to offer escorts to the children of Somali migrants in order for them to feel safe on their walk to school. School started two days ago, but Somali parents in the small town of Forserum have refused to let their children leave home, citing safety concerns.

The new-comers say threats and assaults have taken place for the past few years in the small southern Swedish town, since they moved there, but have escalated during the summer.

The local Somali Community Association has urged Somali migrants to leave the town if they can.

"They should feel safe and offering escorts is a way to make sure they're not harmed on their way to school and going back home," says local politician Anders Karlsson.

Karlsson confirms that a small group of young people in the town are at the centre of the racism row.

"This gang is known to us and we've seen harassment and vandalism. We are talking to this group of people," says Karlsson.

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