ONLY recently has Zahra Rasoul started waking up in the night yelling, “Fire! Fire!” The two-year-old survived the devastating fire in Grenfell Tower that killed 71 residents on June 14th, but the full trauma of that event, says her father Mohammed, may now be surfacing. Living on the fifth floor, Zahra and her five-year-old brother watched as the fire, which started on the floor below them, swiftly moved up to engulf the whole building.
The family’s recovery has not been helped by the fact that, six months on, they are still living in a hotel, some distance away from their old community in north Kensington. Mr Rasoul was born in the tower 36 years ago. Now, confined to two bedrooms with his children, his wife and his 86-year-old father (who he believes is the oldest survivor of the fire), Mr Rasoul says that being cooped up is “breaking us down gradually. There is tension building within ourselves.”
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