Heroic Community Forms Human Chain To Save Their Neighbour
Images have surfaced showing the moment defiant community members stood up to the council in order to the protect a lady's home.
Nimo Abdullahi, 39, had lived in the privately rented house in Easton, Bristol for 12 years before she complained to her landlord about damp and the filthy carpets in the family home.
Following her request, the landlord allegedly booted her out of her house in a 'revenge eviction'.
When all other hope was lost, the local community sympathised with Abdullahi in her vulnerable situation.
Around 30 people came together, linked arms and stood side-by-side to prevent bailiffs entering the property.
In true community spirit, a newlywed couple who lived opposite from the victim handed out slices of their wedding cake, reports the Daily Mail.
Abdullahi has lived in the house since she moved to the UK from the Netherlands 12 years ago.
"It has a big problem with damp. This is bad for us, because my children have asthma and it is not a good place [for that]," she said. "Until recently, the carpets everywhere were very old and dirty and we would ask the landlord to improve things but he was difficult."
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Stopping Abdullahi and her family of three sons and two daughters in their tracks, the landlord used to retaliate with threats.
"He would say that we were going to be evicted, and once he came round with his wife and she said that if we didn't move out they would call the police to get us out," she added.
When the bailiffs turned up at the house at 11am, they were met with a human chain blocking their path into the house.
One campaigner, Jenny Ross, spoke out in support of her neighbour: "We don't want people in our community treated like this. It's a revenge eviction and people deserve decent rented accommodations.
"This landlord, and all landlords, need to know there are people in this community who won't ignore it.
"We live in this street and it's a close community. It's amazing how many people have turned out."
Campaign organiser Nick Ballard, from Acorn, Bristol, said he wants to send a "strong message" to the community that such evictions will not be tolerated.
Featured image credit: SWNS
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