Further to the terrible news of the Covid 19 racist context attack in Maidstone, the UKNFS team has been in contact with those affected in our community.
Mrs Rojina Pradhan Rai, President of the RojiHira Foundation, Vice President of the NRNA UK, and UKNFS Brand Ambassador is active on follow up on this from our Nepali community side. For Maidstone area Nepali community, if you have information to provide on experiences and incidents please contact
Mr Hiradhan Rai, UKNFS Chief Advisor (Nepali community), and UKNFS CEO Alan Mercel-Sanca are already taking the first steps, and other options of support are being considered subject to all details on scale of this ASB (Anti-Social-Behaviour) becoming revealed to us. Kent Messenger link: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/ex-gurkhas-car-torched-in-covid-19-attack-225732/
For Maidstone area Nepali community, if you have information to provide on experiences and incidents please contact Hiradhan on 07482 242000 or Alan on 07811 269454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Mercel-Sanca, UKNFS CEO said:
‘This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable, and there are elements in the Kent Messenger news article that indicate this is NOT specifically targeted at our Nepali-Gurkha community, but is indicative of a broader anti-Asian racism being at work. We are aware that such elements are NOT representative of British attitudes and values, but symptomatic of a very small disruptive number of individuals in our society who will attack any (especially minority communities) that do not fit into their ignorance informed view of life.
‘Nevertheless, we have national to local agencies and public service organisations that have remits to prevent or minimise such criminal conduct, and will if needed contact them where and if mobilisation of their resources and activity is required (please see outcomes of our coordination in Swindon last year). We believe that solidarity and timely action benefits the whole of society, and can in particular support others who may be being targeted too by the same elements.’
Please watch this space for further news in the coming days.