Some of the immigrants are frightened by the prevailing situation. Jama Yusuf Ahmed, who was injured in the clash that took place on Saturday night, looks at cars that crawl past the apartment houses.
“I am very frightened. We are too afraid even to go shopping in the evenings.”
Chairman Muqtar Moalin Nuur of the local Somali Association says that he has not faced racism himself in Lieksa, and he feels that it is a good place to live.
He says that problems are experienced mainly by those who visit bars and drink.
He notes that immigrants have also had knives in the local nightlife.
“We have also made mistakes. We have the same problems as the local people do – family troubles and others”, Muqtar Moalin Nuur acknowledges.