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Eight-year-old become victim of racist attack.

A child has become the victim of a racist attack.

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The eight-year-old, Promise Awoyelu, was asleep when she was hurt in the racist brick attack in Dundonald in east Belfast.,  

At about 05:30 GMT on Saturday, she was hit on the head by a brick hurled through her bedroom window at Brooklands Drive. As many as two more windows in the house were shattered in the brick attack.

Fortunately, the injuries she sustained have not been diagnosed as life threatening.

This was the second in a week that the house was attacked. The windscreen of a car was also damaged and two windows were broken last Sunday.

Living in Northern Ireland for seven years now, her father Charles Awoyelu dubbed the attack as “shocking”.

Quoting the police, he said it was racially motivated.

“I don’t know what would motivate somebody to target us. We are here to make a living and we are a peace-loving family.  have five children who are terrified in the house, my wife is scared and I’m scared of going to work and coming back because I don’t know what will happen when I come back,” he said.

Condemning the incident, Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle said racist attacks had no place in society.

BBC News quoted him as saying: “I am disgusted by such mindless racist views.

“This family are making a positive working contribution to our society and their children are part of local sports and community clubs.

“We are regrettably now helping the family to find suitable alternative accommodation.”

 

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