Goodbye, we are now leaving this world, goodbye. I hope I haven’t disappointed you. Goodbye to all.” A still of Mohamed Saber Nader appears on screen at the opening day of the Grenfell fire inquiry as a spine-chilling audio delivered in calm tones from his last phone call as fire tore through the 24-storey block in west London is played to survivors who broke down in tears.
Nadia Jafari, 28, recited the poignant poem, Remember Me, by 13th century Persian Sunni Muslim poet and scholar Rumi. She’d only just managed to escape the raging inferno which consumed Grenfell Tower claiming the lives of 71 people six months ago.
The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London in June is 71 after two women, a mother and her daughter were added to the list of the dead.
If anything positive has emerged from this disaster, it has been the willingness of the famous and well-connected, many who live or work in the Notting Hill area and surrounding neighbourhoods to contribute their expertise to the relief efforts or just voice support for the many causes fighting the wrongs that led to the tragedy.
Grenfell Tower’s gruesome truths will finally begin to emerge as inquiry chairman Martin Moore-Bick vows to unravel the causes of what he called “a tragedy unprecedented in modern times”.
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