Saturday 20 April 2019

Mum's fears for family safety after vile racist graffiti scrawled on front door

Meriam Ajayi with sons Yomi (14) and Kabelo (11)
Meriam Ajayi with sons Yomi (14) and Kabelo (11)
Phot courtesy John Hearne

Cathal McMahon and David Kearns

A MUM has told how she fears for her children’s safety after her home was subjected to a series of vile racist attacks.

In the latest sickening incident thugs scrawled “black c**ts” several times across front door of Meriam Ajayi’s home in Ballybeg, Waterford.

The distraught mum-of-two (45) said this is the fourth attack and she has now pleaded with the authorities for help.

“I need all the support I can get to help me get out of the place,” she said. “I can’t take it anymore because this isn’t the first, the second or the third incident. There have been so many incidents and I have just had enough.

Sample of graffiti on family home
Sample of graffiti on family home

“The kids are terrified and we are living in fear”

She continued: “My children are looking up at me and my husband and we just feel at this stage that we are not able to protect them. We look like failures to them. We are just sick of it.”

Mrs Ajayi, who is currently in a Community Employment scheme, has lived in Waterford for nearly 15 years with her husband and their two sons Yomi (14) and Kabelo (11).

She explained that their car was destroyed in an arson attack around five years ago and windows have been broken at her home in the last number of weeks.

Meriam Ajayi with Councillor John Hearne (SF)
Meriam Ajayi with Councillor John Hearne (SF)

Mrs Ajayi, who is originally from South Africa, said the family are perplexed over who is targeting them: “I get along with everyone, I don’t cause trouble with anyone. It is hard to point finger on anyone when you have not seen anything.

“It is like there is this secret group out to get us.”

Local councillor John Hearne (SF)  visited the home today and viewed the graffiti.

“It’s just a vile racist attack,” he said. “We don’t have it in Waterford and we should put it down at the first sign of it.

“We are getting a couple of lads to go down to the house in the morning with buckets of paint. We are going to clear it up.”

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