London Student, 17 February 2014,
American student Francesco Hounye had been in the United Kingdom for only three days when he was attacked on Brick Lane just past midnight on 17 June 2013. The CCTV footage was unsettling: Hounye was assaulted by five men, allegedly for not being ‘local.’ They smashed the bottle he was holding against his face and then pursued him across the street, kicking and punching him before fleeing. Hounye was rushed to Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, and treated there for deep slash wounds to his head and right ear with more than two-dozen stitches. One arrest was later made, but Hounye, now with permanent facial scarring and too afraid to venture out in London alone, was left questioning his future in the UK. “I am a visitor… and was considering continuing my studies here but this incident has made me think twice,” he told the press in October.
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