Community Responds to Attack With a ‘Love Bomb’ of Support for Shopkeeper

Community Responds to Attack With a ‘Love Bomb’ of Support for Shopkeeper

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When an arsonist attacked a shop catering to immigrants of Eastern European, the people of Norwich, England responded with a “love bomb” —restoring the shop and raising nearly $35,000 for repairs.

Someone broke a window and set fire to Sorina Abraham’s “Village Shop” early Friday morning. Police are looking into the likelihood the attack was spurred by anti-immigrant sentiments.

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On Saturday, neighbors gathered for what they called a “love bombing” — helping clean up the damage and leaving messages of peace, love, and solidarity tacked to the boarded-up shop window.

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People wrote their notes, on heart-shaped slips of paper, in languages ranging from Romanian to Russian, German to Chinese.

A local business donated new display fixtures and another company offered to donate electrical work if they needed repairs.

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“I am so pleased. It’s not about the money, but about the kindness,” Andreea Abraham, the owner’s daughter told the Eastern Daily Press. “People are showing support and that’s really nice. I just want to thank them and I hope whoever did this to us sees the support we have.”

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