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14-Feb-2018  
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Kofi Wilson was shot while on his way to get a haircut
 
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"I've not been in Italy long," says 29-year-old Jennifer Otioto from her hospital room. "I left Nigeria and I found myself here."

On the morning of 3 February, Otioto was waiting at a bus stop in the town of Macerata.

A 28-year-old Italian man, Luca Traini, drove towards her in his Alfa Romeo and shot her.

Otioto, a hairdresser, is now recovering from her gunshot wound. She sits next to her hospital bed, speaking so quietly that it's hard to make out her words.

"I don't understand this kind of trouble," she says.

Luca Traini shot five more migrants that day. All survived. A bullet hole in the window of a local bakery has yet to be repaired after the shooting.

He appeared to target anyone who looked like they'd come from Africa.

Kofi Wilson

Kofi Wilson, 20, from Ghana had been on his way to get a haircut. He was shot in the chest.

"We heard the first gunshots," Wilson remembers. "After the first gunshots I said, 'It's not a gun', because we are in Europe."

"It's not my choice to be a black [person]," he continues. "It was a bad idea to [try to] kill a black person."

Kofi Wilson has been in Italy for 17 months. The shooting has not made him change his mind about his future. He has no plans to return to Ghana.

"I [would] like to stay in Italy maybe for the rest of my life."

But the truth is that many Italians would like to see him and others go.

Over the last four years, more than 600,000 migrants have landed in Italy.

Not all have stayed. But their arrival has changed the country.
 
 
 
Source: BBC
 
 

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