Now, times have changed. "People are more scared in this neighbourhood. Crime has risen here. In Sweden, the laws are bad, outdated. Begging and panhandling is not criminalized, but selling weed is outlawed. People shoot each other over that stuff." Eva takes a strand of her hair and looks us in the eye. "Well, not our people, but you know.. And now people living here are scared and more egoistic. Not only have Swedes become more afraid of newcomers, newcomers have become afraid of each other. And everything is deemed racist nowadays, even our national song
Since 2013, much has been said and written about the district. "Journalists and politicians say: this is where kids burn cars, where they throw stones, where there is drug abuse and crime. There is more trash on the streets now, too. But this is not the kids' fault, I would say. I am a mom, my three kids have not done this. Why would the other kids become like this? Who has the responsibility? The parents. They should have done a better job taking care of them." Helena nods in agreement.