the Sun is high in the sky. The summer heat sneaks in behind the many mundbind in Gellerupparken.
There has been erected a temporary testing center in red containers, where you unannounced can be tested for corona.
the test station has been here for the last while, so the queue is not so long, but several say that they are being tested regularly at the moment.
much has been said about ethnic minorities, since the Statens Serum Institut in the beginning of August, it published figures which showed that 70 percent of the new cases of the corona was of a different ethnic origin than Danish. Today Ekstra Bladet talk with them.
Mona Fahd came to Denmark in 1991. She says she is originally palestinian from Lebanon.
Now she lives in Gellerupparken and have made it the last two years. She works in a boligsocial master plan and is active in the area as a volunteer.
Therefore, chatting she very much with the citizens in the area, as she describes, has marked the tone of ethnicity and infection.
It makes me so sad. The way the facts were communicated about the somalis, it was really unfortunate. They were stamped. Children was called corona-somali. The mothers were so bored by it.
Mona Fahd is not in doubt that the information about how infection spreads, have to move forward.
- I'm not upset with Mette Frederiksen's announcement. She conveys the facts, and it must, of course, forward. It is a fact that the infection has increased in the area, but it is the way you talk about it, which is wrong.
- You must communicate in a proper and respectable way. There are facts, yes. We are affected, yes. But it is not mean that you must hang the populations out. I think that it is primitive communication. Honestly. I can feel how much people will be harmed purely psychological, says Mona Fahd.
Camilla Fabricius (S) was at the test station to talk with the residents in the area. The tone has been tough, she believes. Photo: Ernst van Norde
- the Tone has been fierce
Socialordfører for the Social democrats Camilla Fabricius was also at the test station. She was out to check up on the measure and to be tested for corona.
She also believes that the tone of ethnicity has been too tough.
- I think that it is worrisome when children must come into school and find that they do not have anyone to play with or will be sent home. It seems to me, is unacceptable. I also think that it is unacceptable, if you do not comply with the guidelines.
Several residents in Gellerupparken, which Ekstra Bladet spoke with, said that they were tested regularly at the moment. Photo: Ernst van Norde
one of The volunteers is the key
the Residents Ekstra Bladet spoke with in the area answered the general, that they felt that they had the information needed to follow the guidelines.
Mona Fahd also think in general that people are informed but it points out that there is a challenge to communicate to those residents who do not speak Danish. A challenge she along with other volunteers have tried to resolve through informal channels.
- There is a lot of informal communication in the WhatsApp groups and Facebook. It takes place in people's own languages.
- I have along with another woman from the area created a group with a doctor, as to respond when he has a break and in the evening, if people have questions. People can ask if they or their families are infected, or if they are in quarantine.
There will be put up to a greater focus on ethnic minorities in the municipalities. From the Association of sounds, to 'the authorities now screws up efforts targeting these groups'.
A bet Mona Fahd believes, should focus on the volunteers in areas such as Gellerupparken.
- I think that one should support and put more focus on the volunteers in the area. It is them that is the key to convey the information out to the people in these areas, she says.