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Malmö to provide evening storm shelter for homeless beggars

Published fredag 12 december 2014 kl 12.59
Tiggare Foto: Tahir Yousef P4 Östergötland Sveriges Radio
Photo: Tahir Yousef P4 Östergötland Sveriges Radio

The City Mission in Malmö will stay open throughout the night as a place to stay to help protect the city's homeless and beggars during the storm tonight.

The City Mission premises on Amiralsgatan 81 will be open from 7 p.m. offering hot drinks and warm clothes and an information leaflet has been printed in Romanian to be handed out to Malmö's beggars before the onset of Storm Alexander which is set to be at its most powerful this evening.

"It's the first time that we have had a nightime opening, but we do not know how many will come. Perhaps they will choose to stay behind and guard the few possessions they have," says Johanna Saunders, social manager at Skåne's City Mission to news agency TT.

There are at least three camps in Malmö where homeless beggars live in tents or makeshift shacks. Roughly speaking, around several hundred people.

"We also know that some go home for  Christmas," says Johanna Saunders.

The social service outreach team is visiting camps during the day to distribute information sheets in  Swedish and Romanian.

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