Abdirazak “Zak” Daud
Abdirazak “Zak” Daud comes from the area of Järva, which is a large suburb outside of Stockholm. He works as a youth leader at Fryshuset in Husby, and has been through a journey of having lived a criminal lifestyle until the age of 24. He describes himself as having lived two lives – and would like to speak about how he ended up in a life of criminality and violence at a very young age, the push and pull factors into criminality and violence that he sees are present for many young people like him in the neighborhood he grew up in, and what made him change his lifestyle and eventually start working for Fryshuset. Now he builds trust and relationships with youth who are at risk of or have already ended up in destructive environments, as a credible messenger who can show them another way forward and offer them different opportunities to change their lives for the better.