Ottawa family vows not to let racist graffiti intimidate them

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    Ottawa family vows not to let racist graffiti intimidate them

    Your home is supposed to be a place where you feel safe but an east end family says that sense of security ended with a racial slur spray-painted on their garage.

    Now, they’re calling on the city and the police to be proactive to prevent another family from feeling their pain.The Konga family is choosing to turn this horrible and terrifying incident into a galvanizing moment for our community.

    “So basically this is where it was the “n” word was right here,” says Achille Konga, as he points to his garage door.

    The paint is gone now, but clearly the pain isn’t.

    “We cannot pretend it didn’t happen,” he says, “because it did happen.”

    On May 4th, a neighbor in the middle of the night alerted the Konga  family to the hateful message spray-painted on the garage of their east end Ottawa home, where they had lived for nearly two decades.

    “Your home is supposed to be place you feel safe,” says Konga, “and today we don’t feel safe in our home.”

    Konga, who’s a pharmacist and his wife, who’s a doctor, left Cameroon to raise their three children in Ottawa. The hateful graffiti – gave them pause; but only briefly.

    “You came to the wrong family,” he says, “I’m stronger than you think.  It will take more than that to get me out of here.  This is such a beautiful country.  I chose to live here because I knew how Canadians were, how beautiful this country was.”

    The family has the backing of several organizations that held a…


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