Category Archives: Svenska Dagbladet

‘These flowers aren’t for us, they’re for Europeans’

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Hon jobbar för dig (She works for you)
17 December 2018
By Kimani Chege
Photos: Brian Otieno

Kenya. It is hard and difficult work.  Anne Aketch is one of the workers cutting roses for the European market. She hopes that her children won’t have to work on the flower plantation – and she shudders at the thought of Valentine’s Day.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/de-har-blommorna-ar-inte-for-oss-de-ar-for-europeer

With the land free from mines, she started growing coffee beans

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Hon jobbar för dig (She works for you)
17 December 2018
By Constanza Bruno Solera
Photos: Gerald Bermudez

Colombia. It wasn’t until after her divorce that Emilse Naranjo was recognised for her coffee. Today she makes a relatively good living selling her beans to Europe.
“Making good coffee requires, patience, care, and love. It’s like making a nice soup”, she says.

Full article (in Swedish) here:
https://www.svd.se/fritt-fran-trampminor–da-borjade-hon-odla-kaffe

Sharmin makes your jeans – “We have to work even when mortally ill”

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Hon jobbar för dig (She works for you)
16 December 2018
By Sushmita Preetha
Photos: Taslima Akhter

Your jeans might be made by Sharmin Akhter.  Her wages support her entire family – including her husband. From entering the factory as a curious 12-year-old, she’s now a tired 35-year-old who sews clothes for famous fashion brands and desperately longs for some rest.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/sharmin-syr-dina-jeans–vi-maste-jobba-dodssjuka

Every chance I get to eat with my daughters is holy

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Äta tillsammans (Eating Together)
13 July 2018
By Jorge Riveros-Cayo
Photos: Yayo Lopez

Lima. The single mother Vanadis Phumpiú is one of Peru’s leading cacao experts, and her job means that she spends a lot of time travelling in various south american countries.

“Work means I have to be away from home at least two weeks per month”, she explains. “Every chance I get to eat with my daughters is holy. I cook their favourite dishes, and fun food like homemade pizza and tacos. As they eat lunch in school during the weeks, dinner becomes a way for me to show love”, says Vanadis who is divorced from her children’s Canadian father.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/varje-chans-att-ata-med-mina-dottrar-ar-helig

Eating together is about more than just food

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Äta tillsammans (Eating together)
8 July 2018
By Armsfree Ajanaku
Photos: Rahima Gambo

Nigeria. Adebayo Abejide, a radio station engineer, lives with his family in a suburb of the capital Abuja. As he often gets stuck in traffic on his work commute he is usually home too late to have dinner with his family.

“All of us are away from home many hours a day. From morning until evening, me, my wife, and my children are apart and mainly speak on the phone. Only occasionally do we manage to eat together at the weekends, but that too can be difficult since my wife is studying for a master and doesn’t always have her weekends off”, says Adebayo.

Full article (in Swedish) here:  https://www.svd.se/gemensam-maltid-handlar-inte-bara-om-mat

Tensions rise in enormous refugee camp

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
24 August 2018
By Sushmita Preetha
Photos: Anisur Rahman

Bangladesh. When the military systematically murdered, raped, and plundered the minority group rohingya in Rakine in Myanmar, around 700 000 people fled to the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.

There they were at first received with open arms, but now, a year later, many locals have grown tired of the refugees – and the fight for the already limited resources has toughened.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/motsattningar-kokar-i-gigantiska-flyktinglagret

I was surprised that grandma accepted cooking with eggs

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Äta tillsammans (Eating Together)
16 July 2018
By Bhrikuti Rai
Photos: Bikram Rai

Nepal. Thirty year old marketing manager Yukti Pant lives in Kathmandu with her parents and grandmother. Traditionally the family are strict vegetarians, but Yukti got a taste for meat when she was visiting relatives, and often eats out with friends so that she can choose a meat dish.

“Grandma is so strict with her traditional customs. That she accepted egg to be cooked in her kitchen was really surprising”, says Yukti.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/att-farmor-skulle-acceptera-agg-var-ovantat

The queue for the bank is several days long

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
11 April 2018
By Farai Mutsaka
Photos: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has not one, but ten different currencies – and currency chaos rules the country. The days of hyperinflation might be over, but the new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe this autumn, has a difficult challenge in sorting out the economy.

Outside the bank Cabs in Harare, the queue is over a kilometre. Many have brought blankets to keep warm, having spent the night. To prevent fights, security guards have given queue tickets to the first 50 people.

“The rest of you will have to see if there is cash left when you arrive” he shouts dismissively.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/har-koar-de-till-banken–i-flera-dygn

Taliban attacks on Sufism

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
4 September 2017
By Rina Saeed Khan
Photos: Muhammad Furqan

Islamabad. Over 200 people have died in suicide attacks on sufi shrines in Pakistan. The Taliban view Sufism, the mystical interpretation of Islam, as heresy and want to eradicate their way of living.

The Bari Imam temple outside of Islamabad is an important sanctuary for first and foremost sufists. 12 years ago, the temple was attacked by a suicide bomber and around 25 people were killed. The attack was the first in a string of attacks on sufi shrines. According to Center for Islamic Research Collaboration and Learning, at least 209 people have been killed and 560 injured in 29 terrorist attacks on shrines for sufi saints in Pakistan.
The last attack, in February this year, was the deadliest yet. Over 80 people lost their lives in a suicide attack in the 800 year old Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in south Pakistan, where Christians, Sikhs and Hindus also go on pilgrimage.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/en-attack-mot-hjartat-av-sufiska-tolkningen-av-islam

The hope of freedom has turned into anger and disappointment

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
2 October 2016
By Shahira Amin
Photos: Eman Helal

Egypt. More than five years have passed since president Mubarak was unseated in Egypt. There was hope that the revolution would lead to much wanted reforms, but today the Egyptians are as far away from democracy as they were when they took to the streets in 2011.

Today, Tahrir square – once the symbol of the Egyptian revolution – has few similarities with the public space that was occupied by tens of thousands of democracy activists in the beginning of 2011.

The hope and optimism then felt has been replaced by anger and discontentment from unfulfilled expectations. Since the unseating of the president Mohamed Morsi 2013, supported by the military, society is deeply polarised. Tens of thousands of the leaders and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are imprisoned.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/fem-ar-efter-mubarak–langt-till-frihet-och-demokrati/om/varlden

The importance of disciplining your children

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Att vara förälder (To be a parent)
19 September 2016
By Maina Wairuru
Photos: Migwa Nthiga

Kenya. Njau and Lydia Dancun  live with their four daughters in Uthiru, a suburb of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.  They work hard to make sure their children can go to school, and when it comes to raising them, discipline is the most important cornerstone.  Njau is worried about his 16-year old daughter, Wairimu, who was suspended from school for two weeks last year after skipping class.

“We really wanted to hammer it home to the girls that a lack of discipline can never be tolerated. Therefore we made sure that the principal punished them by letting them clean the school” says Njau. “Considering how hard I work to be able to pay the school fees it is not acceptable that they skive.”

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/disciplin-ar-viktigast-av-allt-i-uppfostran/om/att-vara-foralder

Her childhood is slipping through my fingers

Artikel publicerad i Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Att vara förälder (To be a parent)
13 September 2016
By Rocio Lloret
Photos: Patricio Crooker


Bolivia.
31-year old Alicia Muños is a  nursing assistant and single mother. To make ends meet, she works long days and has little time for her daughter. The short time they spend together are mainly filled with nagging, Alicia says, but it is her hope that one day her daughter will understand her situation.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/hennes-barndom-rinner-mig-ur-handerna/om/att-vara-foralder

Pressure to succeed

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Att vara förälder (To be a parent)
12 September 2016
By Sushmita Preetha
Photos: Taslima Akhter

Dhaka, Bangladesh. Painting is 14-year old Umayer Itmam’s passion, and if he was free to choose he would study art or architecture, but he’s obeying his mother’s wish for him to become a doctor like her. She makes sure he doesn’t “waste” his time but follows a strict study schedule.

“I have to follow a strict routine. I have a one hour break for lunch and a shower. Then I have a two hour break in the afternoon and one hour for dinner. Apart from that I have to study the whole time”, says Ummayer.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/pressad-hemifran-att-lyckas-i-livet/om/idagsidan

Resistance against Mugabe grows in Zimbabwe

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
6 September 2016
By Thelma Chikwanha
Photos: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Harare. The last two months Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu PF have seen the loudest protests of their 36 years of rule. The reason for the protests is a frustration over the difficult financial situation and president Robert Mugabe’s politics.

“We need these protests in Zimbabwe. We’ve been quiet for too long and we’ve had enough. Hopefully this people’s movement will bring positive changes, like jobs for unemployed academics”, says 24-year old Brian Dube. He has a degree in electro engineering but makes ends meet by selling mobile phones.

But at the same time Brian is worried about how he might be affected financially. At the Copacabana market, sellers have been forced to watch their piles of second hand clothes being burnt, and last week traffic came to a standstill in the central parts of Harare after the protesting masses used stones and bins to block the roads.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/motstandet-mot-mugabe-vaxer-i-zimbabwe

Israel and Palestine threaten press freedom

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
3 May 2016

By Nizar Habash
Photos: Ziad Sabbah

Israel/Palestine. The attacks on journalists are increasing in the occupied territories in Palestine. There are no laws that guarantee the right to information, and journalists are constantly worried about getting harmed or arrested.

There are over 400 Israeli checkpoints on the West Bank. Journalists are frequently searched, and Palestinian media coverage is often denied by the Israeli forces.

Full article (in Swedish) here:  http://www.svd.se/journalister-pressas-fran-tva-hall

Sexual harassment and threats against journalists in Zimbabwe

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
3 May 2016
By Thelma Chikwanha
Photos: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Zimbabwe. During the colonial era of Zimbabwe, laws were established to prevent journalists from reporting on government violence. The current government uses similar tools to gag the country’s media, 36 years after independence. 

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/koloniala-lagar-lagger-munkavle-pa-pressen

Terror after wave of brutal killings in Bangladesh

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
3 May 2016
By Sushmita Preetha
Photos: Taslima Akhter


Bangladesh.
 Roopban is the first magazine for HBTQ people in Bangladesh, and its headquarters has turned into a murder scene. The 25 April, Roopban’s editor Xulhas Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumdar were murdered and dismembered. The local militia group Ansar al-Islam, who is said to have connections to al-Qaida, have claimed responsibiity for the murders. Their motivation being that Xulhus and Tanay worked to promote homosexuality.

Full article (in Swedish) here:: http://www.svd.se/skracken-vem-star-nast-pa-tur

 

Journalists risk prison for criticising politicians

Article published in Svenska dagbladet
3 May 2016
By Jorge Riveros Cayo
Photos: Yayo Lopez

Peru.
In Peru it’s become clear that a democratic regime doesn’t automatically mean protection of press freedom. Two court cases show how old laws against criminal slander is used to punish critical journalists.

In April Fernando Valencia, journalist and former editor of the daily newspaper Diario 16, was sentenced to a 20 months provisory prison sentence and a 100 000 soles (£23 500) fine to Peru’s former President Alan Carcía. García sued Valencia for slander for a headline in 2013.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/fortalslagar-hotar-strypa-pressfriheten

Young women are stopping child marriages

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
7 March 2016
By Thelma Chikwanha

Zimbabwe. Child marriages are common in Zimbabwe, despite being against the constitution.  When Ruvimbo Tsopotsa was 15 years old, her father forced her to marry a man who went on to abuse her. Ruvimbo turned to the constitutional court to repeal the  marriage and was successful. Now child marriages may be stopped. 

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/unga-kvinnor-stoppar-barnaktenskap-i-zimbabwe

Bumpy road to equality for Tunisia’s women

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
9 December 2015
By Shahira Amin
Photos: Anis Mili

Tunisia. The network Tha’era is an organisation working to promote democracy and women’s political engagement.
“There needs to be a shift in the way both women and men think”, says Ommezine Khelifa.

Before the revolution Ommezine Khelifa, engineer and policital activist, had a top job in the finance sector in France. But since the Arab Spring 2011, she’s back in Tunisia.
“When I heard about the protests in Tunisia I didn’t think twice, but packed my bags. I clearly felt that I had a part to play in the movement for change”, says Ommezine.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.svd.se/knagglig-vag-mot-jamlikhet-for-tunisiens-kvinnor/om/idagsidan

Back home and safe from the violence

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
9 May 2015

By Sergio Cruz

When Katerin Malespí was 14 she left her home to go and live with a man twice her age. When the relationship ended four years later, she returned to her childhood home with a baby in her arms.

“I felt totally ruined and didn’t want the neighbours to see me. But there was nowhere else I could go. I’m deeply grateful that my mother welcomed me with open arms”, says Katerin.

Katerin’s relationship ended due to violence. In Nicaragua, men’s violence against women is common. In order to escape, women often have to move back home or find a new husband. The responsibility for the children usually falls on the women. Katerin’s 41-year old mother Carmen Torres has four children with three different men. Her relationships  were characterised by the men’s violence and their excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/har-hos-mamma-slipper-jag-valdet/om/familjeliv-i-varlden