Every newspaper carries news of the weekend slaying of a man in Otanmäki, Kajaani, and the subsequent arrest of two Iraqi mention on suspicion of killing him. Reporters have been asking locals about the case, and their feelings towards asylum seekers in general have turned somewhat more negative than they were before.
Helsingin Sanomat met Sari Lahdelma, who lives locally, and found that she’s now angry at asylum seekers whereas before she had several friends at the Otanmäki centre. They have now moved away, and the weekend’s events have ensured Lahdelma now takes a very negative view. She even worries now whether she can head out for a walk in the woods.
“I have a dog but it’s no help as it’s so nice,” said Lahdelma.
HS also spoke to asylum seekers at the centre who deeply regretted the killing, and said the atmosphere at the centre had deteriorated in recent months, with a deep divide between Arabs and Kurds resident there.