All the fun of the fair is a far cry for a young man who has seen hell on earth.
Syrian torture survivor Omar Alshogre arrived in Sweden during the 2015 refugee crisis.
Practicing his Swedish whenever he can, he works weekends in an ice cream parlour.
Omar was just 15 when the Arab Spring reached Syria. He took part in rallies calling for more freedom.
The price he paid was harsh -three years behind bars.
How this Syrian escaped imprisonment and torture for a new life in Sweden https://t.co/zWaLplHSNy pic.twitter.com/amjYoMdodf— The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) 25 janvier 2017
First, Omar was imprisoned in the notorious Damascus jail known as Military Security Branch 215.
Then he was sent to Seidnaya prison north of the capital, known as Assad’s slaughterhouse.
Rights groups say thousands, like Omar, are held in Syrian government jails without charge and many are tortured to death. Authorities deny this.
“Within the first five minutes of arriving in Seidnaya, I realised that Branch 215 was paradise in comparison. Within 5 minutes! ...I wanted to go back to ‘215’. Two hundred years of torture in Branch 215 was much nicer than 1 minute in Seidnaya.”
He went on: “They started torturing me and my cousins. They shot my cousin and tried to beat me on the mouth, removed some teeth…They took out nails and tortured us with electricity… bad food, bad water.”
TAKE ACTION: Call on Russia and the U.S to push for independent monitors to access Saydnaya prison https://t.co/PKTYQS9rtU #Syria pic.twitter.com/2SJ4rxOYOf— Amnesty Syria (@AmnestySyria) 16 mai 2017
In Syria’s Saydnaya prison up to 13,000 people have been secretly hanged since 2011. End this horror NOW: https://t.co/a8mnT90jMR pic.twitter.com/1n5l8bsOnC— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) 7 février 2017
In Stockholm, where Omar is studying, his circle of friends is growing by the day.
Several members of his family have paid with their lives in Syria.
Omar escaped hell when his mother scraped together 15,000 dollars to smuggle him out and onto Turkey. His weight was 35 kilos and he had tuberculosis – his tortured body coping badly with the side effects of the medicine.