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Coming alone to Sweden

Sohail, 15, sought refuge in small town Sweden

Published onsdag 23 november 2016 kl 08.45
Sohail Pirooz: My parents would be surprised if they saw me
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Sohail Pirooz outside his school in Krokom.
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Sohail Pirooz outside his school in Krokom. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR
Sohail's team is training indoors now that it is winter. He would love to take part, but injured his knee when playing in the summer.
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Sohail's team is training indoors now that it is winter. He would love to take part, but injured his knee when playing in the summer. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR
Nice to see familiar items in a store with oriental food.
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Nice to see familiar items in a store with oriental food. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR
The long light summers are beautiful in Krokom, but it helps to have an extra blind if you want to sleep, says Sohail Pirooz.
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The long light summers are beautiful in Krokom, but it helps to have an extra blind if you want to sleep, says Sohail Pirooz.
When the snow is on the ground outside, you can practice in a golf simulator.
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When the snow is on the ground outside, you can practice in a golf simulator. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR
Sohail is cooking his own food. "My parents would be surprised," he says.
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Sohail is cooking his own food. "My parents would be surprised," he says. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR
Sohail and his legal guardian Katarina Lindgren usually meet a couple a time per week, to sort out practical stuff, but also to play golf together.
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Sohail and his legal guardian Katarina Lindgren usually meet a couple a time per week, to sort out practical stuff, but also to play golf together. Credit: Ulla engberg/SR
Sohail arranged a one week internship with a hamburger bar/shop in Krokom. Tony Persson is the owner.
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Sohail arranged a one week internship with a hamburger bar/shop in Krokom. Tony Persson is the owner. Credit: Ulla Engberg/SR

Sohail Pirooz is 15 and lives in the northern town of Krokom. He is good at maths and football. He thinks his parents would be impressed if they knew that he can cook - and that he has learnt a new language: Swedish.

Sohail has been in Sweden almost 18 months and does not know yet if he is allowed to stay or not. But he does not worry so much about it.

I don't think a lot about it, because if I do, I can't learn Swedish and I can't continue with school. School is the most important for me now," he says.

His main focus is on getting the grades he needs in order to finish year 9 and enter upper secondary school at the first try, next autumn.

Sohail grew up in Afghanistan's third biggest city, Herat, and the difference to life in the small town of Krokom in northern Sweden could not be bigger. But Sohail does not worry about this, he has found friends here.

The trip here was very difficult, but I learnt a lot. The most important thing I learnt was how you can help other people, because many people helped me along the way," he says.

This story is part of a series about the everyday lives of unaccompanied minors in Sweden, young people who have come here without their parents.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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