Eight Year Old Promise Awoyelu Becomes Victim of Racist Attack

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An eight year old child has become the victim of a racist attack in Dundonald in east Belfast.

Eight Year Old Promise Awoyelu Becomes Victim of Racist Attack
Charles Awoyelu

Promise Awoyelu, was asleep when she was injured in the racist brick violence in Dundonald in east Belfast.

On Saturday at around 05:30 GMT, she was smashed on her head by a brick thrown through her bedroom window at Brooklands Drive. As much as two more windows in the house were crushed in the brick attack.

As luck would have it, the wounds she sustained have not been identified as life threatening.

This was the second in a week that the house was attacked. The windscreen of a car was also smashed and two windows were shattered 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 inspired.

According to him, “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. I 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.”

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