Terror. Confusion. Community. Anger. Justice.
Terror for the flames, the smell of burning and the sirens calling; confusion in the streets; communities gathering together, on every corner, roles assumed and jobs given; anger and rage felt for those who lost their lives and families of lost loved ones. Justice for Grenfell.
On the 14th June 2017, a raging fire took hold of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, killing over 80 people and leaving individuals and families torn apart and without a home.
It's hard to put into words and even attempt to understand the pain and suffering that this atrocity would have caused for the people affected. The image of the burning building will never be erased from the mind’s eye of those who saw it.
Yet our lenses focused instead on the streets surrounding Grenfell Tower on the day of the fire, specifically the Tabernacle Christian Centre and Acklam Road.
Thousands of people from all walks of life descended on Grenfell and the local neighborhood. They came bearing bags of clothes and other essentials to donate to those who lost families and homes that night – a truly uplifting moment of human compassion and togetherness.
The fire at Grenfell contributed to a year that has also seen horrendous terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Many see the world we live in as a frightening one; a world that is tarnished by aggressive leaders and extremist sentiment. While it is easy to add Grenfell to this list of tragedies, the display of absolute solidarity in the wake of this disaster should give us hope.
It has shown us that when people come together, amazing things can happen. It has shown us that love is so much more powerful than hate.
The BIG GIVE
Please donate money to the The Big Give’s Grenfell Tower Appeal in support of those affected by the fire. They are a non-profit charitable organisation who are matching all donations made, double the money, double the impact.
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