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Crossing Martyrs Bridge

The world is full of killers, schemers and liars. But I know what I did

By Hassan Blasim   December 2008

Everyone staying at the refugee reception centre has two stories—the real one and the one for the record. The stories for the record are the ones the new refugees tell to obtain the right to humanitarian asylum. The real stories remain locked in the hearts of the refugees, for them to mull over in complete secrecy. That’s not to say it’s easy to tell the two stories apart. They merge and it becomes impossible to distinguish them. Two days ago a new Iraqi refugee arrived in Malmö in southern Sweden. They took him to the reception centre and did some…

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