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A young Swedish Muslim inspired by Wallenberg
by David Landes
Siavosh Derakhti, a young Muslim from Malmö who has emerged as a leading figure in the fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Sweden, picked up the first-ever Raoul Wallenberg Prize on Tuesday, making him our choice for Swede of the Week.
"Winning a prize dedicated to the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg is fantastic. To be compared with him is unreal; it's magical," Derakhti tells The Local after accepting his prize.
The 22-year-old son of Azerbaijani-Turkish immigrants from Iran, Derakhti has lived in Malmö his entire life. For the last three years, he's been holding workshops for young people in Sweden's third-largest city in an attempt to breakdown what he sees as damaging stereotypes.
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