A group of women and children fled the war in Ukraine for Sweden, where they have been subjected to close encounters with Somali culture-enrichers. Now they want to go back to Ukraine — compared with Africans, the bombs don’t seem so bad.
Night of terror for Ukrainian women — Somalis invade residence: “I am so afraid that I want to go home”
Thousands of Ukrainian women and children have fled to Sweden in the past weeks. Now Samnytt can be the first media to report that some of them who moved to Örebro want to return to the war in Ukraine. The reason is that, after an incident during the week, when foreign men entered in their accommodation, they no longer feel safe.
“When the bombs fall, I know that in every case I can go down in the cellars and hide there,” one of the women says.
Busloads of Ukrainian refugee women with children have arrived in Örebro in the past few weeks. A number of them have been offered beds in the Örebro city hostel.
But the Ukrainians do not feel safe in the hostel. The background is some incidents that occurred on the night between Sunday and Monday, when a number of unidentified men tried on several occasions to get to the women.
Samnytt has spoken to one of the Ukrainian women at the hostel. We have also spoken to a female volunteer in Örebro who works with the women. Neither of them wants us to publish their names.
By talking with both women, Samnytt has been able to provide a description of what happened Sunday night/Monday morning.
The first incident occurred around 3am. At that time, two Somali men began to pound on the front door of the hostel. Without opening the door, the Ukrainian women attempted to talk to the men outside.
“They looked like African-Americans, if I am expressing myself correctly. They were black people. Tall and slender with black skin color,” she tells Samnytt.
She explained to the men that there were only Ukrainian women and children living at the hostel, but they claimed they had a friend living there. After asking the name of the friend, she could confirm that no such person was living in the hostel.
But the men didn’t give up. After a while, a third Somali man showed up outside the hostel. The women felt the situation was becoming unpleasant and went back and locked themselves in their room.
Pounded on door
Somehow one or more of the Somali men then managed to get into the hostel.
“They began to bang on the door of a woman living there with her two small children, ages 2 and 4. They were very scared. The 4-year-old was quiet, but the 2-year-old screamed,” the volunteer says.
“They tried to get to her. The men were speaking in a foreign language. The woman in the room did not speak English, but knows the sound of English and understood that the men were speaking another language.”
Then came Arabs
Around 5am a group of Arab men came and tried to enter the hostel.
“They were not able to get into the hostel,” says the volunteer.
“I spoke with the women. They are scared. In Germany, a Ukrainian female refugee was gang-raped.”
Confirmed by the hostel
The attempt by a group of men to enter the hostel was confirmed by an employee to whom Samnytt spoke. On the hostel’s part, however, they tried to tone down what happened.
“Someone knocked on the door and wanted to find someplace to stay overnight. They were trying to find accommodation,” the employee says.
In the middle of the night?
“I have not spoken to those who knocked on the door.”
The hostel has now hired security to keep watch. They have also informed the Ukrainian refugees that they can either contact hostel personnel or call the police at the telephone number 112 if they feel unsafe.
Police unaware of incident
Ola Olsson is duty officer with the Örebro police. He tells Samnytt that he is unaware of the incident at the hostel on the night between Sunday and Monday.
According to the volunteer Samnytt spoke to, there is an explanation for this. The Ukrainian women did not dare call the police since they were afraid of getting into trouble.
“The interpreter told them they could not call the police since they are not registered with the Migration Agency,” says the volunteer.
According to Samnytt’s information, a police report should have subsequently been made via the police website.
Want to go home
According to the volunteer, many of the women are so shaken by Sunday night’s event that they regret moving to Sweden. Some even wish they had stayed in war-torn Ukraine.
“I am so afraid that I want to go home,” says one of them.
“When the bombs fall, I know that in every case I can go down in the cellars and hide there.”