On June 14th 2017, a ferocious fire ripped through a 24-storey residential block in the richest borough of London. Authorities state the blaze killed at least 80 people.
The building, called Grenfell Tower, contained 129 apartments and officially was home for approximately 550 people of low income groups. However no one knows exactly how many people lived in the block. It could have been as many as 800.
Grenfell Tower burned for about 60 hours until finally extinguished.
[more facts on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire]
While the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, victims and their communities believe around 300 people died in the inferno.
Around the tower, people gather, putting their forces together to make sure that Grenfell is not going to be forgotten. Murals are apprearing on walls. Candles burn in darkened corners. Flowers are replaced daily. Flyposters appear on lampposts and walls calling for resignations, and justice to be done.
The community demands the ‚truth‘, calling „no justice, no peace“.
Victims and the community accuse authorities of breach of duty of care, manslaughter and even mass murder.
Deeply traumatised, the Grenfell victims still hear the screams of children trying to escape the fire - in vain. In their eyes, they still see all those people jumping out of their windows. Some of them remember stepping over many dead bodies to escape the fire.
The community, victims and families seem to have been successfully separated; physically and mentally.
No care and efficient and sufficient help is provided.
In looking at it closely, evidence reveals: Negligence is not only to be found in the Grenfell Tower Fire itself- it is still applied in the aftermath,
on real human beings.
The collective debris - not only material but emotional and psychological - is harshly felt on the ground, the tension of injustice is rising while the authorities seem to have just one aim: to control any form of riots.
But do they hear the call?
Many months after the fire, victims are not re-housed. The emotions you capture when you look into the face of Grenfell, the voices you hear, the posters you see, leaves one with the taste that this story isn‘t finished: it needs a lot more attention..
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written by Aurélia Marine