A 51-year-old Nigerian man named Larry Wisdom in South Belfast, Northern Ireland, claimed he is “living in fear” following a series of racist attacks on his home and that the attacks were motivated by the color of his skin.
Wisdom’s flat and automobile in the Belvoir neighborhood have both seen many window breaks and break-ins over the course of eight months.
He claimed that, in addition to his living room window being hit by a rock, his car’s side windows and windscreen were also damaged.
Other incidents included the bodywork of his car being scratched and a nail being driven through a tyre.
Wisdom, who has fibromyalgia and depression, claimed that the attacks started after his car was set on fire in the same location several years prior. As a result, the attacks are being looked into by police as racial hate crimes.
“They are picking on me because of the colour of my skin,” an online news medium, Belfast Live, quoted the Nigerian as saying. “I’m living in fear, and I don’t know who is doing these things to me.
“I won’t lie to you – I’m really, really tired. I told them (the police) I’m fearing for my life. I just feel it’s just a racial attack because of all the other cars there, no one has ever been damaged.”
Wisdom, originally from Nigeria, travelled to the Irish Republic around 2000 and moved to Northern Ireland in 2016.