Grenfell: “The lack of justice five years later is torture,” says the man who lost his uncle

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Karim Mussilhy, 36, has warned: ‘Can another Grenfell happen tomorrow? Yes it can.’ (Image: PA)

A man who lost a loved one in the Grenfell Tower fire has described the “lack of justice” in the five years since the tragedy as “torture”.

Karim Mussilhy, 36, says the fight “gets harder and harder the longer it goes on” after his uncle Hesham Rahman died in the blaze.

He claims he was prevented from grieving properly because there was no “accountability” and warns: “Grenfell Two can happen tomorrow.”

Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the disaster that killed 72 people in a west London block of flats.

Father-of-two Karim, who is a member of the Grenfell United campaign group, says he could not have imagined being in this situation so long after the fire.

“This is torture, we are being tortured. We can’t go on. We cannot mourn. We can’t rebuild, no matter how hard we try,” he said.

“It’s been incredibly frustrating that we still have to do the things we do today to make some changes.

“And if you really look at that, if you look at the big picture and the big picture of things, what’s actually changed in five years?

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Karim Mussilhy, whose uncle died in the Grenfell fire, says the fight “gets tougher the longer it goes on” (Image: PA)

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Hesham Rahman has been described as a ‘very funny man with a huge heart’ (Image: PA)

“Can another Grenfell happen tomorrow? yes it can And if so, are people safe? No they are not.

“Do our firefighters have the right equipment and training to save people? No they don’t. What did we do? What have we learned since Grenfell?’

Meanwhile, Samia Badani, 47, who lives at Bramley House near the tower, has said: “It was sheer devastation and how do you grow out of the devastation?”

She said she wouldn’t wish the devastation on anyone in the world, adding, “We’re not asking much — we’re just asking to be treated as human beings.”

An ongoing Grenfell Tower investigation has found the building’s cladding was a key factor in the rapid spread of the flames.

However, the Metropolitan Police will not release any evidence to prosecutors until the investigation is complete, meaning almost 2,000 days after the fire, no one has been charged.

The government has finally banned the particular type of disguise that allowed the blaze to spread so quickly.

But the new rules will only apply to future new builds, leaving many homeowners behind with huge moving bills.

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72 people died in the tragedy (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

EMBARGOED TO 0001 FRIDAY JUNE 10 Samia Badani during an interview at Grenfell Recovery Centre, west London, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 on June 14, 2017. Picture date: Tuesday May 31, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ANNIVERSARY Grenfell. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Samia Badani asked: “How do you grow out of the devastation?” (Image: PA)

Bereaved relatives were also “angry” at the government’s plans to maintain the controversial “do nothing” policy rather than accept an inquiry recommendation.

This means that residents of most buildings should wait for emergency services rather than leave.

The Home Office said the cost of adopting the directive was not “proportionate” and its implementation was not “practical” or “safe”.

Mr Mussilhy said survivors, bereaved families and members of the community were determined not to allow their campaign to be “just kicked in the long grass”.

“We’re pretty resilient and pretty relentless, so we’re going to keep pushing, we’re going to keep pushing, we’re going to keep fighting until there’s some element of positivity out of it and there’s some accountability,” he said.

A Government spokesman told Metro.co.uk: “Our fire reforms will go further than ever to protect vulnerable people. The emergency evacuation information sharing package we are advising on would require those responsible for fire safety in higher risk buildings to properly assess the needs of those most at risk and take action to mitigate risks.

“While the vast majority of buildings are perfectly safe, we are committed to doing more to improve fire safety, which is why these landmark reforms will ensure mid-rise and high-rise buildings are properly assessed for fire risks.”

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