Family's shock at Belfast race attack

Family's shock at Belfast race attack

A Sudanese man, whose family’s home was attacked because of where they are from, has said the incident has shocked him because of the warm welcome they have received from their neighbours.

Windows were broken at two homes at Glenrosa Link, sometime around 2.30am on Thursday.No one was injured in the incident, however, police have said the attack was racially motivated.One of the families has lived in Belfast for the past two years while the other family was due to move into the property on Thursday.Mohammed Idris has lived in Belfast with his partner and seven-year-old son for the past two years.He said the noise of the windows being smashed in the early hours of the morning woke him from his sleep.He told UTV: "We were terrified, we were shocked."The neighbours are very good people, the children all play with my son and they always say 'hi' to me in the street."This was not what we expected."Mr Idris left his country because he did not feel safe and sought refuge first in Dublin in 2007, before moving to Belfast in 2012.He said the attack came on the same day as his son's birthday.He added: "Now my son does not want to go out and play in the street, this morning he said he would rather stay inside."Mr Idris said he was determined not to be driven out of the area by the attack, while the other family said they were not sure if they wanted to live in the street.We just want to live as normal people, we are just the same as everyone else.Mohammed IdrisNeighbours of the families told UTV they were shocked and disgusted at the attack.Belfast councillor Guy Spence said the community was rallying around and supporting the families.The DUP representative said: "The community is angry and in shock."The family are well-liked in the area and well-respected and they were fitting in well."Their kids were going to the nearby Currie Primary School and in fact it was one youngster's birthday and many young people from the area were invited to the party."I visited with them and offered my support, as have others in the community, and we will be doing all we can to help them."The attack is the latest in a spate of racist incidents in the city.Police have said racially motivated attacks have increased right across Northern Ireland in the past year with the majority taking place in Belfast.In response the PSNI has set up a dedicated information line for people to report suspected racist crimes.Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the latest incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.Anonymous information about crime can also be passed to police through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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