Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Did You Leave Me – brothers separate 1 survives

Grenfell Tower Fire Why Did You Leave Me
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Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Did You Leave Me.  The story of how two brothers got separated. Only one survived

Mohammed Alhajali is the first named victim of the Grenfell Tower fire. He was a Syrian refugee who came to the UK in 2014 and was studying civil engineering.

He became separated from his brother, Omar, during the evacuation. They had a phone conversation during which Mohammed asked: Why did you leave me?

Mohammed, believed to be 23, came to the UK in 2014 and was studying civil engineering while living in North Kensington.

Syria Solidarity Campaign said: “[He]undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home.”

At least 17 people died in the fire which started early on Wednesday.

The charity said he had been in a flat on the 14th floor with his brother, Omar, and the pair had tried to escape, but lost each other on the way downstairs.

Watch the video for Omar’s story of how he got separated from his brother Mohammed. He broke down in tears during the interview.

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