Grenfell victim’s nephew tells of torture as he says ‘we can’t grieve’

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The Grenfell Tower as seen from Silchester Road (PA) (PA Archive)
The Grenfell Tower as seen from Silchester Road (PA) (PA Archive)

A man whose uncle died in the Grenfell Tower fire has described the lack of justice in the five years since the tragedy as “torture”.

Karim Mussilhy said he has not been able to come to terms with what happened to his uncle, Hesham Rahman, on June 14, 2017.

The 36-year-old said he never would have imagined being in this situation, five years on, and said he feels the fight “gets harder and harder the longer it goes on”.

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the tragedy in west London, he said: “This is torture, we are being tortured. We can’t move on. We can’t grieve. We can’t rebuild.”

A total of 72 people died in the tower block inferno.

The ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry found the building’s cladding was a key factor in the fire’s rapid spread.

There are still at least 9,790 tower blocks in the UK that are “unsafe” due to dangerous cladding and other associated fire risks, according to government figures. The Met Police has said it will not pass any evidence on to prosecutors until after the inquiry has been completed. No individuals or companies have been charged over the fire so far.

On Tuesday families of those who died and survivors will gather at Westminster Abbey and at the base of the burnt-out tower to remember those who died.

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