For readers who are unfamiliar with the Groruddalen, here are previous articles on the topic:
- It’s Hard to be Norwegian in Groruddalen
- Carbecue Season in Oslo
- Mugged by Reality in Groruddalen
- Everything You Have Learned in School is Wrong
The translated article:
Ask the ethnic Norwegian youths whether they feel safe in their own city
Ronny Ramberg from Tonsenhagen in Groruddalen [the Grorud Valley] has written an op-ed for Aftenposten about his own family’s experiences in the area. All four of his children have been mugged. In the op-ed he mentions that they have been subjected to verbal threats and robbed at gunpoint.
Young people feel unsafe in Oslo, says Ronny Ramberg, while politicians who have a more favorable attitude towards Multiculturalism praise the great food, the new dances and the enriching linguistic diversity of the new international community.
Are they incapable of, or they are simply refusing to see that certain groups of immigrants are openly working against the society that has welcomed them?
The op-ed mentions that there is a subdued hatred of immigrants among children that have been threatened with death and who have been robbed of their valuables by immigrants.
“We have four boys in our family. All of them have been mugged at gunpoint here in Oslo, and they have been subjected to violent threats such as stabbings. The perpetrators are immigrant youths. Last Saturday night one of our boys was mugged yet again at the bus stop outside our apartment. In our own local community, where we are supposed to feel safe and enjoy a good life, he was threatened at knifepoint and had his cell phone taken away from him.”
“It is of course possible to buy a new phone, but it is very frustrating that this happens time after time. What’s worse is that our boys don’t feel safe in their own local community, and that the hatred towards the immigrants is simmering just below the surface when we discuss the incidents, something that I find completely understandable.
“These are not exceptional cases; it’s just that it’s a whole lot worse when it’s your own children that are being affected, and the feeling of helplessness becomes so much more palpable. We would simply have moved out of the city that we are so fond of if they had been younger. The city that has been so completely neglected by the politicians who appear to be both blind and deaf. What do they really know about what is taking place outside of the great multicultural events that they have awarded money to, and where they bask in their own glory? Ask the ethnic Norwegian youths whether they feel safe in their own city, the answer might perhaps wake up the politicians.
“I have personally helped to organize ski activities aimed at immigrant children and have met many wonderful parents and children who show great empathy with others and do all they can to integrate in Norway. Consequently the disappointment is so much greater over a few who completely disregard our laws and embark upon a criminal career at a very young age, and the fact that they are allowed to do so!
“What upsets me the most is the fact that the parents are completely absent and have no idea about what their offspring are up to in the evenings. More than likely their language skills are poor and they have little or no contact with the world around them. And with the type of demands on integration that our elected representatives make, perhaps we shouldn’t expect much else.”
For a complete listing of previous enrichment news, see The Cultural Enrichment Archives.