Stockholmers wait at train to help refugees

Several of the refugees who arrived in Malmö earlier this week have now moved further north. At the central station in Stockholm, volunteers gathered during Tuesday afternoon to collect clothing, food and water and even a place to stay for those new arrivals.

A group on Facebook, "We are taking in refugees at Stockholm Central Station" organized help for the refugees who are moving from Malmö to Stockholm. The group quickly gained nearly 2,000 members. Individuals offer everything from nappies, clothes and food, to transport and accomodation.

"It is absolutely fantastic! We said it would be good if we had water and all at once we have several pallets of water," says Yara Selstedt, one of the volunteers to Swedish Radio News.

In a corner of the central station, Yara Selstedt stands along with several other volunteers and sorts the clothes, packs sandwiches, bananas and small juice cartons into plastic bags. A steady stream of individuals arrive and donate clothes, bags with food and blankets. Sofia Ringerts is one of them.

She tells Swedish Radio: "I have come here because it feels natural to help people who have nothing."

Beside the collection of food is also a large pile of clothing in which several newcomers are trying out jackets and thick sweaters. Simo Oughris is carrying a bag of trousers and a jacket. His family has fled from Libya across the Mediterranean on an overcrowded fishing boat, via Italy, Austria and Germany to Sweden.

The journey has been tough he says. He is tired but happy to be in Sweden. Now he hopes that he can start a new life in Gävle where some of his relatives live.

"In a few hours, we go on to Gävle," says Simo Oughris.

Yara Selstedt, who is handing out clothes and food, is pleased with the attendance and hopes it sends a signal to politicians and the authorities to help those fleeing for their lives to Sweden.

" What we hope is that this popular movement will lead to the politicians to realize that this is what most people in Sweden want," says Yara Selstedt.