A group of bandits attacked several Venezuelan families in the Wallerfield area and burnt their home down after they allegedly got no money from them during an attempted robbery on Thursday morning.
The Venezuelans and their children—17 families and over 12 children—are now very fearful, as the bandits promised to return and kill them.
Guardian Media was told that the bandits attacked the Venezuelans and attempted to rob them of the earnings they make from farm work in the area.
The bandits became enraged when they got no money and allegedly threw gasoline on the children and the wooden structure, which was divided into five units.
The women and children were able to run away and hide in the bushes. However, their home was set ablaze and everything in it destroyed.
The wooden structure that was sent on fire by bandits
The Venezuelans are now making an appeal for help from the police, who Guardian media was told are seeking the services of a translator before they return to the site.
The Venezuelans are also appealing for mattresses, clothes, food items and tarpaulins to pitch a tent until they can get material to rebuild. Anyone willing to help can contact 341-6951.
In an unrelated story, a man who was shot on Friday night in Carenage remained hospitalised in a serious condition last night.
According to reports, the man was standing at Frisco Junction, off Haig Street, when he was approached by a gunman who opened fire on him.
The man was shot several times about the body and was taken to the hospital by residents.
Police said the shooting may have been gang related.
Investigations are continuing.