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BIG-HEARTED PEOPLE RAISE MONEY FOR RACIST ATTACK VICTIM

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Kind-hearted Scots have raised thousands of pounds to help a resettled refugee who was targeted in an alleged hate crime.

Able Miller, 62, was attacked outside his home with bricks and fireworks in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The dad-of-three, who came to Glasgow in 2002 as a refugee from Zimbabwe, was left so disgusted by what happened to him that he wants to leave Scotland immediately.

The shocking attack left him with burns to his hands and feet and he had to be treated at the city’s Royal Infirmary.

He was also subjected to alleged racist abuse throughout the attack, while his 13-year-old daughter, who has Down’s syndrome, was left cowering in her bedroom.

Earlier this week, Able, who stood as a member of parliament in his home country, revealed he was forced to leave after being shot twice in the leg by rivals.

He now hopes to move with his family to Sheffield and live among the city’s black community.

But now kind-hearted people from all over the country have come together to donate £2,500 for Able and his family through an online fundraiser.

Able said: “I have been so grateful for all the donations that have been given to us. I have been able to get my car fixed which I didn’t think I was going to be able to afford.

“The extra money will also be able to help my family and I resettle somewhere else, in that we will be able to look for a new home and cover our transport there.

“I would never have been able to go anywhere without the car, so again, I am so grateful for what these people are doing.

“I can’t thank them enough, and I hope this goes to show that racism can be overcome.”

Robina Qureshi , director of Positive Action in Housing, started the fundraiser in an effort to show that Scotland is against racism.

On the fundraiser’s website, it said: “We are gathering donations for the Miller family to help them move home and resettle.

“Please donate what you can and show Able Miller and his family that Scotland says no to racism and they have friends they have never met who care.”

The fundraiser has brought out the best of many people who have made donations of as much as £50.

One donator, Angela Murray, donated £20, and said: “So dreadfully sorry that this happened to you in Scotland, Able.

“There are many communities in Scotland were you would have been warmly welcomed. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy future.”

Another user of the fundraiser, Ruth Newman, said: “Best wishes to you, Able, and your family. Stay strong, you are welcome in Scotland.”

You can donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/ablemillerappeal.

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