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Heads must roll for the London tower inferno

23rd Jun 2017
Heads must roll for the London tower inferno

Grenfell Tower fire June 14, 217 4:43 am (Photo: Natalie Oxford)

There has been an extraordinary outpouring of anger as well as grief over the tragic fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in London and incinerated dozens of residents in the 24-floor block. Our hearts must go out to the afflicted and bereaved families losing not only their loved ones but their homes and all of their possessions.

Much criticism has been levied against the Government and local council for their indifference to the disaster. Praise must go out to the emergency services, especially the heroic efforts of the firefighters.

It was the local community and charities, especially Muslim charities, which provided the much-needed support and help. They coordinated the relief work and helped the traumatised victims of the fire. One of the first communities to have reached the victims were Muslims, many of whom were returning from mosques.

The reaction of the local community was also exemplary and needs to be applauded for rallying around and offering support and help.

Mosques, Churches and charities were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the people. They came with food, water, clothing, toys, toiletries and other essential items for the victims.

At the time of going to print on June 16, neither the Local Council nor the Government was on the ground to coordinate the work. The Kensington and Chelsea Council did not respond to phone calls and emails to the NGOs for help. It is absolutely outrageous that the residents who were very traumatised were neglected.

Many questions need urgent answers. Politicians, as well as others responsible, have to be held accountable for the failure in preventing what was essentially a tragedy waiting to happen but at the time of going to press no heads have rolled so far.

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