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Coming alone to Sweden

Living without parents is hard for Mohammad

Published måndag 28 november 2016 kl 07.00
Mohammad: I feel a heavy weight on my shoulders without my parents
(3:48 min)
Mohammad Rezaie lives in a home for teenagers who came to Sweden without their parents.
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Mohammad Rezaie lives in a home for teenagers who came to Sweden without their parents. Credit: Massood Qiam/Sveriges Radio
Looking to the future, Mohammad wants to keep studying as long as he can.
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Looking to the future, Mohammad wants to keep studying as long as he can. Credit: Massood Qiam/Sveriges Radio
Mohammad cooks his own food, and does the shopping and the cleaning.
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Mohammad cooks his own food, and does the shopping and the cleaning. Credit: Massood Qiam/Sveriges Radio
Mohammad loves sports and does kick-boxing four-five times per week.
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Mohammad loves sports and does kick-boxing four-five times per week. Credit: Massood Qiam/Sveriges Radio

After being granted asylum, life can be tough if you are an unaccompanied minor in Sweden, says teenager Mohammad Rezaie, who misses his family.

Mohammad Rezaie came to Sweden two years ago from Afghanistan, via Iran. He has been granted asylum in Sweden and has his residency permit. He lives in a home for unaccompanied minors in Motala, south central Sweden.

"I feel a heavy weight on my shoulders without my parents. At school when I see parents take part in different activities, it is painful to be reminded that I am not in the same situation as other boys my age," he says.

He takes care of his own food shopping, cooking and cleaning, but tries to get away to do sports as often as he can. He likes football, kick-boxing and swimming.

"Twice a week I go to the swimming pool. When I came to Sweden I did not know how to swim, but we learnt at school."

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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