Attacking a shop that catered to Eastern European immigrants, an arsonist hoped to drive home the point that immigrants were not welcome in England. He did not factor in the people of Norwich.

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim


Even with a rise of anti-immigrant sentiments across the world, Sorina Abraham did not expect it to hit her in the peaceful city of Norwich that has been kind to her and her store 'Village Shop' for years. She was thus devastated to wake up to the news that someone had broken the shop's window and set fire to her store during the night.

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim


But if one man told her she was not welcome, literally hundreds showed her she was. 24 hours after the arson attack, a 'love bombing' occurred at her store with the folk of Norwich taking time off work to help clean up the damage.

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim


In addition to boarding up the broken window, they left it filled with messages of love and solidarity, writing in multiple languages from Romanian to German and Russian to show their message held true not just for Sorina but for all immigrants in Norwich.

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim


Local businesses chipped in and donated display fixtures and electrical companies provided repairs too to fix the damage for free. Hundreds also got together and held a 'solidarity with migrants' outside the city hall. In less than 48 hours, the community would go on to raise over 35,000 pounds to fix the store.

“I am so pleased. It’s not about the money, but about the kindness,” 
- Andreea Abraham, Sorina’s daughter 
 

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim
Sorina opened up the store a few months later, providing 'thank you' cakes to the entire community for the love they showed in her time of need.


In aiming to stir hatred, the arsonist ended up bringing out the best of humanity from the community of Norwich instead.

When an immigrant's store became the target of a xenophobic attack, the people of Norwich stood up for the victim


Author's note:
This is part of my  #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge where I will be focusing on Real Life Heroes of Kindness and Compassion. 

Of course, I have been tracking these lovely human beings for years now and have found children as young as six years old and old women in their eighties from across the world who will restore your faith in humanity.

Want more stories of compassion to brighten up your day? Hundreds of 'Heroes of Kindness' can be found here:

Heroes of Kindness - 2017 edition
Heroes of Kindness - 2018 edition
Heroes of Kindness - 2019 edition
Heroes of Kindness - Indian edition

4 Comments

  1. A story that proves hate never wins. A great story of solidarity, compassion and kindness!

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  2. If only people everywhere were so welcoming, a majority of the world would have no crisis related to racism and immigrants.

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  3. Red blood, indeed, unites us all!
    Such a simple thing....wonder when mankind will understand this truth!
    Such a heartwarming story, Roshan! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Hate never wins. Never.

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