Last week Abdul Mian discovered someone had spray painted "go back!" on his family's garage door in Kitscoty, Alberta. He painted over the "very disturbing" message and put up two Canadian flags to show his love for the country he immigrated to in 1997.
Then, early Sunday morning, he was woken up by firefighters. Two of his trucks had been set on fire and were total wrecks. Mian posted on Facebook that he's "Worked really hard for [the] past 5 1/2 years and [I'm] still working with 100% honesty and ethics."
“Everybody loves me here, as far as I know … until now,” Mian told Metro Calgary. “I love this community. I understand the times are tough, but this doesn’t mean people can go out and hurt people. This was uncalled for.”
Mian later added a comment to his post thanking people for their support. "This is not an act of a true Canadian. We have never felt any kind of racism around us. This is a small, peaceful loving community."
Word continued to spread around the community about what had happened to Mian's family. Some staff and students at Kitscoty Elementary School signed a card, and wrote in a note that the school "stands together with the Mian family and their friends."
Mian was clearly touched. "People have called us to help [by] watching our house so we can sleep, we have been offered food, accommodation and all kinds of help and support," he wrote when sharing the message and card from the school.
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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