Mother fears for kids after race attack

Published Friday, 16 May 2014
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A Jamaican mother-of-three has told UTV that she is considering leaving her Rathcoole home after the second racist attack on the property in less than a year.

Kerry-Ann Brown said that she fears for the safety of her children - whose ages range from two to 10 - and has been left wondering what the future holds for them as an ethnic minority living in Northern Ireland.

A brick was thrown through the window of the property at Linford Green at about 2.10am on Friday, while Ms Brown and her children were asleep inside.

"It is very stressful - it is a very stressful time," she said.

Ms Brown came to Northern Ireland in 2002, and her children were all born in the region.

She has lived in Rathcoole, Newtownabbey for a year with her family, but said she no longer feels safe.

It's a fearful experience - a very depressing and sad one as well especially with children in the house because what do I tell the children?

Kerry Ann Brown

Ms Brown said that in the past her two eldest children have arrived home from school telling her they had been called a racist name and wanting to know its meaning.

"Ten months ago, there was graffiti on my door. I called my landlord, we cleaned it off and that was it.

"If in 10 months it has escalated from graffiti to a broken window, what will happen next?"

It is not right for me to live in fear - it is not right for my children to live in fear.

Kerry Ann Brown

Describing how she feels, she said: "I don't think sad is the right word. I can't find a word to describe it - it's worrying.

"My children are all born here - they are black...what sort of future is there here for them then if this is happening? What sort of future is there for them?

"We are human beings no matter what colour our skin is."

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has condemned the attack.

"Like all right thinking people in Northern Ireland I am shocked by the latest in a series of racially motivated attacks. There is no place for such behaviour in modern NI," she said.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (68 days ago):
With two racist attacks every occurring weekly. N Ireland and in particular Belfast is certainly living up to it's name as "The Racist Capital Of Europe!!!"
Seanie in Dungannon wrote (69 days ago):
The idiots carrying out these attacks need to stop its getting NI bad press all over europe. These people also need to realise that many people from NI live in foreign countries we would all be outraged if they were attacked. Imagine how frightened this ladies children might be
Ray in Bath from L/Derry wrote (69 days ago):
useless worthless scumbags is the politest word's l can use for these people. They don't represent ANYONE and odds on l bet they are real dumb wits without a inch of decency between them. Stick it out with your lovely family and don't let these good for nothings win.
Jackie in Newtownabbey wrote (69 days ago):
Disgusting attack. We have to learn to live together. The world is changing and Northern Ireland will have to learn to accept international cultures to progress. I feel for this family and hope they decide to stay in the area with the support of their neighbours.
Humanist in Human race wrote (69 days ago):
I can't believe this story only gets 2 comments. I'd welcome anyone from any country living next door, most of us would go out of their way to make anyone feel safe. Siege mentality plays out to a wicked end yet again. Message to Ms Brown - please take heart in knowing that most people are solidly on your side, I hope you find a new home far away from these people and that you and your family are safe and happy.
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