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Grenfell Tower, three years on

Today marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed so many people. Justice still hasn’t been done, there’s been no arrests. So I thought I’d repost what I did for the first anniversary, a list of all the victims and the details of their lives which the wider world got to know about in the worst of circumstances. I plan to do it every year now, I think.

I hope it’s helpful for anyone who stumbles across it, even though it’s just some research done by someone who wasn’t there. I hope it’s good enough.

Fatemeh Afrasiabi
Sakina Afrasehabi
Amal Ahmedin
Mohammed Alhajali
Fathia Ali Ahmed Elsanosi
Mohamed Amied Neda
Alexandra Atala
Hamid Begum
Hanif Begum
Husna Begum
Kamru Begum
Rabia Begum
Leena Belkadi
Malak Belkadi
Omar Belkadi

Raymond “Moses” Bernard
Vincent Chiejina
Bassem Choucair
Fatima Choucair
Mierna Choucair
Nadia Choucair
Sirria Choucair
Zaynab Choucair

Joseph Daniels
Jeremiah Deen
Zainab Deen
Tony Disson
Eslah Elgwahry
Mariem Elgwahry
Abdulaziz el-Wahabi
Faouzia el-wahabi
Mehdi el-Wahabi
Nur Huda el-Wahabi
Yasin el-Wahabi

Logan Gomes
Marco Gottardi
Berkti Haftom
Biruk Haftom

Farrah Hamdan
Firdaws Hashim
Yahya Hashim
Yaqub Hashim
Abufars Ibrahim
Isra Ibrahim

Rania Ibrahim
Fethia Ibrahim-Hassan
Hania Ibrahim-Hassan

Nura Jemal
Hamid Kani
Hashim Kedir
Khadija Khalloufi
Victoria King
Deborah Lamprell
Amna Mahmud Idris
Gary Maunders
Mary Mendy
Ligaya Moore
Denis Murphy
Isaac Paulos
Maria del Pilar Burton
Steven Power
Hesham Rahman
Khadija Saye
Abdeslam Sebbar
Shelia Smith
Gloria Trevisan
Mohamednur Tuccu
Amaya Tuccu-Ahmedin
Jessica Urbano Ramirez
Ernie Vital
Marjorie Vital
Ali Yawar Jafari

London Grenfell fire disaster, corporate mass murder

More on Britain’s most recent appalling shame.

Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Grenfell Tower cladding ‘more flammable than a match to petrol’ – 5 News

A lawyer representing bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell fire says the tower was wrapped in cladding that could go up in flames “more quickly than dropping a match into a barrel of petrol”. Stephanie Barwise QC was speaking at the public inquiry into the tragedy which is now focusing on the cause and spread of the blaze.

RBKC or the TMO were guilty of “institutional racism”, said a lawyer representing survivors and bereaved families.

By Charles Hixson in Britain:

Grenfell fire inquiry reveals more criminality by firms involved in refurbishment

14 March 2020

March 10 marked 1,000 days since the Grenfell fire. With the reopening of the inquiry on March 2, witnesses from the companies and entities responsible for the tragedy provided further revelations of…

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London Grenfell disaster guilty corporations get impunity?

There will never come a day when I’m not furious about Grenfell. 72 deaths, including very young children. And nothing.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Protesters demanding prosecutions outside the London, England Grenfell inquiry earlier this monthFrom daily News Line in Britain:

Grenfell Inquiry – No Prosecutions

27th February 2020

THE Attorney General ruled yesterday that contractors can give evidence to the Grenfell inquiry without fear of prosecution over the 72 deaths.

Grenfell United, the survivors and bereaved families group, said: ‘It’s a sad day when bereaved and survivors are asked to weigh up the need for truth and need for justice.

‘The past few weeks have been very difficult and this decision still makes us nervous. We can’t help but worry about how this will impact prosecutions later. It is clear that corporate lawyers are playing every trick in the book.

‘The inquiry is about getting to the truth so that lessons are learnt and the government can make changes. We take part to make sure there will never be another Grenfell and people are safe in their homes.

‘But truth at the inquiry…

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#JusticeForGrenfell

As you may know, a thousand-page report regarding Grenfell Tower has been released. I did once live in a building with appalling fire safety standards, but not anymore and I don’t live in London. I woke up the morning afterwards to see the horrible news. It’s still horrible, and at the moment I think the most sensible thing I can do is pass on the words of Doctor Who actor Noel Clarke. He does live there, and one of his friends lost their niece in the fire.

Grenfell must never, ever, ever happen again.

The Accident is not good, at all

Like a lot of Brits I was kinda intrigued by the trailers for The Accident. It looked sort of unimpressive aesthetically, I thought, but it had some good actors attached and an interesting premise. So I watched it. Hooooo boy.

Here is a summary of the first episode of The Accident:

Down-to-earth Welsh hairdresser Sarah Lancashire walks into her 15-year-old daughter’s room and finds her having sex with an older guy. Instead of ripping his balls off or calling the police (as having sex with a 15-year-old girl is you know ILLEGAL) she seems pretty chill about it all and tells the guy (uh, the pedophile) to escape out of the window before the girl’s dad comes back. Okay.

Downstairs the husband comes in and he’s dressed in a banana costume for a fun run. The adults go off to the fun run and while they’re there they listen to some clunky foreshadowing about how much everyone loves the village and will fight for it etc etc. Meanwhile some teenagers including the daughter are meeting up at an old abandoned building.

These are BAD KIDS! You can tell because some of them have DYED HAIR and PIERCINGS. They sneak under the extremely ineffective barbed wire and start vandalising the place. One of them spray-paints a willy which is the only realistic thing anyone in this story does. While the daughter and her friend are painting a butterfly mural on the upper floor of the building for some reason, there’s a massive gas explosion. Oh no! The explosion can be heard at the fun run zone and all the adults decide to go and see what happened. Okay, that I can buy, as I also live in a village and villagers are nosy AF.

The parents hear that kids are inside the building, which is odd cos no-one saw them go in, and start worrying. A phone call comes in from one of the girls (the daughter’s friend?) which confirms that a whole bunch of teens are trapped. Cut to some heroic firemen working to free them, using a angle grinder, WHICH SHOOTS SPARKS EVERYWHERE, in a GAS EXPLOSION. I considered for one second that that maybe was a plot point and the rest of the show would be about prosecuting incompetent rescuers, but… um, it seems not.

Anyway at this point the head of the company which owns the building shows up, despite this apparently being a pretty remote Welsh village, how the hell did she get there so fast?! Sarah Lancashire, whose daughter is trapped within rubble and possibly dead, hits this lady with the mild insult “you built this place cheap as chips!” Um, it’s past the watershed, you can swear, you know. A TV camera is filming this because the TV cameras are there, in this remote village where an explosion happened apparently less than an hour ago.

Then the building collapses completely and kills almost everyone inside! Who saw that coming? Dust fills the air. Everyone looks… peturbed. Maybe shocked at a pinch. And… that’s it for the big scene of horror and grief!

But, seeing as Sarah Lancashire is the main character her daughter survives, albeit so severly injured she might be disabled for life. Emergency services whip body bags out right in front of the crowd, way to go guys. Also one of the firefighters is dead, this is Alan who is married to Debbie, a deaf woman. Casting a deaf actor (Genevieve Barr) to play a deaf character and making her disability not the most important aspect of her is the only good move this show appears to have done, I think.

Okay so Sarah Lancashire heads to hospital with the other parents and watches them one by one learn their kids have died. This is the episode’s only actually well-done scene. One of the mothers (the mother of the daughter’s friend?) walks past SL and snaps sharply and horribly “She’s dead” and that got me right in the gut, credit where credit’s due.

While in the hospital SL talks to a guy who apparently saved her daughter in the building but we didn’t see him there who what why?? Also the nurse lets her go in the room, what the hell kind of hospital is this?

Back at home it turns out SL’s husband has been beating her and is about to do so again. She lets him do it and then comforts him for a while. That scene got a lot of criticism on Twitter (yes, I was eagerly Twittering along with others as it aired, and there was barely a positive tweet in the bunch) but actually I was okay with that, it’s definitely not outside the realm of possibility for a victim of domestic abuse to act that way. Refuge thought so too and posted about it which I thought was a good move.

Nearly at the end now. SL’s daughter starts communicating with her mother via blinking and the grieving parents hold a vigil. Company lady goes on TV, the clip of SL shouting “cheap as chips” gets dramatically played over and over and I found that hilarious, oh god I’m sorry. Not only am I not convinced the writers of this have ever met a Welsh person I’m not entirely sure if they’ve ever met a British person, no one has said that phrase in years.

The ‘next time’ trailer sees the deaf lady being beaten up, so much for a sense of community spirit.

This show is getting rave reviews across all the major British outlets and I have honest to god no idea why. See, it almost reached “so bad it’s good” levels, but the thing is: this was loosely based on two real-life tragedies: Grenfell and Aberfan. The Accident – a show about specifically children dying in a Welsh disaster – aired almost 53 years to the day after Aberfan. If you’re British or keep up with world news I won’t have to tell you about Grenfell, which was only a couple of years ago. Even sidestepping the issue of why there are so few Welsh actors in a drama inspired by Aberfan and so few black and Muslim characters in a tale inspired by Grenfell, the tweaking of the story (the death of innocents caused by bad corporate policy) to make the victims partly responsible for their own deaths leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. No-one in Aberfan or Grenfell Tower were breaking into a building when they were killed. This show, it feels exploitative and just so… cheap.

Cheap as chips.

A Bit of Banter

It goes without saying there are a lot of anger-making stories in the news right now, but this one particularly stood out to me.

This man’s defence was that the cardboard figures he had inside the cardboard “Grenfell Tower” effigy he burned were supposed to be him and his friends. I absolutely cannot get my head around this. His defence is that he thought it would be funny to imagine all his friends burning to death, apparently. Sorry for all the italics but that is the most pathetic, piss-poor excuse I’ve ever heard for anything.

Anyway, he got off.

Other excuses Paul Bussetti dished out: One of the figures he burned was supposed to be a person in a ninja costume, rather than a caricature of a Muslim person. Everyone at the party thought it was funny (to see figures apparently supposed to be themselves burn up). Despite the fact people uncovered a history of him making racist remarks, it absolutely was not racist. It was, in his words “just banter” except of course that normal damn people don’t banter about multitudes of people dying in a horrible, preventable tragedy.

Well. There’s only a couple of months to go until Bonfire Night. I hear people like burning effigys then, too, Paul.

It’s the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster today.

RIP:

Fatemeh Afrasiabi
Sakina Afrasiabi
Mohammed Alhajali
Alexandra Atala
The Begum family
The Belkadi family
Raymond “Moses” Bernard
Maria de Pilar Burton
Vincent Chiejina
The Choucair family
Joseph Daniels
The Deen family
Tony Disson
Eslah Elgwahry
Mariem Elgwahry
The Elsanosi-Ahmed family
The El-Wahabi family
Logan Gomes
Marco Gottardi
The Haftom family
The Hashim family
The Ibrahim-Hassan family
Ali Yawar Jafari
Hamid Kani
Khadija Khalloufi
Victoria King
Deborah Lamprell
Gary Maunders
Mary Mendy
Ligaya Moore
Denis Murphy
Mohamed Amied Neda
Isaac Paulos
Steven Power
Hesham Rahman
Jessica Urbano Ramirez
Khadija Saya
Abdeslam Sebbar
Sheila Smith
Gloria Trevisan
The Tuccu-Ahmedin family
Ernie Vital
Majorie Vital

taiey

You’re marking race on the pictures of black people and no one else, btw

No, I’m not.

[Trigger warning, all these posts lead to descriptions of death]

Steven Power
Victoria King and Alexandra Atala
Denis Murphy
Gary Mauders
Deborah Lamprell
Tony Disson
Sheila Smith

And I did forget to describe Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi as white, and and
Fathia Ali Ahmed Elsanosi

as black, so I added those in.

With a lot of people I tried to leave it as vague as possible because just cos someone’s light-skinned it doesn’t mean they’re white white, ya know? And with some people (Alexandra Atala for example) there was almost nothing to go on. And if you describe someone as “Muslim” that could mean they’re light-skinned, dark-skinned, anything inbetween…

Writing those image descriptions felt so horribly clinical. If anyone else wants to do it better please let me know and I’ll pay you $10 via paypal.