A Sudanese teenager has revealed the fears that come with living in Melbourne as community tensions continue to rise.
Alakiir Deng said she was “blessed” to be living in Australia as a permanent resident.
She is a high-schooler who enjoys footy, basketball and make-up.
Teenager Alakiir Deng said she was worried the Sudanese community was being targeted in Melbourne.
But she claimed she and other African Australians were being increasingly targeted because of the colour of their skin. They see me, they all think of me as a thief, a criminal or a gang member,” she told A Current Affair.
“You may know my name, you may (see me), but you don’t know my story,” she said. “You don’t know where I come from. You don’t know what I’ve gone through, you don’t know my life.” She said she was worried about what could happen if the situation grew any worse.
Alakiir said crime was falling rather than rising. “I’m scared that anybody in the Sudanese community might eventually get killed just for looking the way we are,” she said.
She urged people to educate themselves, claiming crime was falling rather than rising.
The rise of the APEX gang in 2016 had led to people making assumptions about all young Sudanese residents, she said.
“It’s really not fair,” she said.
“Nobody should feel unsafe, or threatened in their neighbourhood or their home.”
Alakiir’s comments come as a Melbourne dad spoke about his choice to hire armed guards to protect his property from gang activity.
Chelsea dad Frank (last name withheld) is splashing out close to $1000 each evening on two guards armed with Glock handguns to patrol the perimeter of his property.
“Those guards are there more for their protection than mine because if I do something stupid, what happens to me?” he told A Current Affair.
The security guards are armed with Glock handguns. (A Current Affair)
Footage shows Frank and his family being surrounded by a gang of teenagers of African appearance.
The teenagers kick and hurl objects at the car parked outside Frank’s property, and Frank and his girlfriend react by charging at the teens with baseball bats.
“I went out there with a baseball bat, and I said, ‘get off the car. Get the f— off the car! Get away from there’,” he said. “It comes as police urge the community not to take the law into their own hands after several Caucasian youths were filmed wielding baseball bats and stopping youths of African appearance at Wyndham Vale train station.
The weapon-wielding Caucasian youths claimed they were searching for the people responsible for an attack on their friend.
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