June 15, 2017

We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mohammed AlHajali and all those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14th. Mohammed was a Syrian refugee who came to the UK in 2014. He was a civil engineering student at West London University. His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria.

Mohammed’s older brother Omar, who was with him in the flat, survived but lost Mohammed on the way out. Omar was rescued by the Fire Services while Mohammed went back upstairs. Mohammed was on the phone for two hours with people, waiting to be rescued.

He was trying to reach his family in Syria but he could not get connected to them due to the situation in Syria. He had not seen his family for four years. When the fire reached his flat on the 14th floor, Mohammed bid his friend and brothers goodbye, saying that the fire had reached him. He asked them to pass on the message to his family in Syria.

We were expecting Mohammed and his two brothers at our Syrian Refugee Community Iftar in Chalk Farm this Saturday as part of The Great Get Together and Refugee Week. We will instead be paying tribute to Mohammed and all those who lost their lives in this tragic fire on Saturday.

Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home. Mohammed came to this country for safety and the UK failed to protect him. We absolutely agree that a thorough investigation into Building Regulations should take place immediately.

For any press queries please contact Abdulaziz Almashi on 07455558181 or Abdullah Hourani on 07778880907.

We are also raising funds on behalf of Mohammed’s family to cover his funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-costs-for-mohammed-alhajali

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