On June 14, 2017, the UK witnessed the horrific burning of Grenfell Tower. Some 72 people, including 18 children, lost their lives.
According to fire officials, the blaze broke out due to a faulty fridge freezer but within hours it had consumed the entire building, fuelled by the flammable cladding which encased the structure like a tinder box.
The 25-storey tower block is now an empty shell wrapped in banners reading: “Grenfell forever in our hearts”. Another displays a full heart in green, the colour adopted to honour those victims.
As soon as you step off Latimer tube station in west London, the nearest underground to Grenfell Tower, the presence of grief and remembrance is unmissable. Hand-painted signs hang from flat windows, public walls are sprayed with green heart graffiti and railings are furnished with green and silver tinsel.
This is how the area looks five years after the fire.
“Measurements put in place to to make Grenfell Tower look better, no measures put in place to keep residents safe.”