Northern Ireland

West Belfast: Victim of racist hate crime 'wants to leave area immediately'

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Media captionMr Kyeremateng said he felt he was being driven from his home

The victim of a racially-motivated hate crime in west Belfast has told the BBC he wants to leave the area immediately.

Adu Kyeremateng, 65, is originally from Ghana but moved to Northern Ireland eight years ago. He has only lived in his west Belfast home since September.

Paint was thrown over the windows and doors of his house in Upper Townsend Terrace, off the Shankill Road, in the attack.

It happened some time between 04:00 and 07:00 GMT on Sunday morning.

'Scared'

Mr Kyeremateng said he felt he was being driven from his home and wants to get out of the area "as soon as possible".

"I'm scared, I want to get out. That's why I'm going to check out houses tomorrow, I can't continue like this," he said.

"I haven't done anything to anybody so I don't see why I should be threatened."

Image caption Paint was thrown over the windows and doors of the house in the early hours of Sunday morning

Mr Kyeremateng said he did not know why he was targeted.

"I live here peacefully. I don't have any conflict with anybody," he said.

"I don't see why people would do such a thing in the 21st Century. People must have the right to live anywhere they want, and people have the right to live in peace without resistance from others.

"It is really sad, it's a sad situation."

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