Green handkerchiefs, white roses: the community surrounding the Grenfell Tower, the West London building devastated by fire, joined in shared symbols on Wednesday night when they began 24 hours of moving commemorations for the tragedy that killed 71 people a year ago. [19659002ArderingthefreshboardsandpicturesfromtheirresidentialwastesoffeetofsurvivorsofhighfirewheelsonthemodelsoftheGreatBritishWhiletheSecondWorldWarisoneoneonewhohaveenothereneitheronthemuseum
The procession, accompanied by a portable speaker playing a melancholy track in repetition – ended up in the shadow of the burnt block just before 12:54 a.m. anniversary of the outbreak of the fire.
One by one, the relatives announced the names of the deceased accompanied by a burst of a bongo drum, before fixing their images on the "wall of truth"? A section of the fence around the tower with messages and candles.
Then at 12:54 am, announced by a brief trumpet call, a mysterious silence of 72 seconds, in memory of each of the people who perished, along with a dead baby – descended to the gloomy place, when the rain began to fall.
"I saw everything since the beginning of that night and I could not sleep for three weeks," recalled Farhiya Abdi, 42, a mother of two who was one of the first to arrive at Grenfell from her nearby home while the Fire stretched.
"When I closed my eyes I heard the cries for help, I saw again the faces of the children in the window, people jump to death," he said early in the afternoon, at a memorial event on a nearby street and closed.
The organizers unveiled placards and T-shirts with slogans demanding justice, one of many such events.
Almost everyone wore a green handkerchief, the color adopted from the tragedy, while the Ower t lit up in green, along with the office of Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street.
– & # 39; Time has not done anything & # 39; –
May told parliament on Wednesday that the "unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds".
For the local community, they have had few options during a traumatic and frustrating 12-month past.
"I thought time would have healed us but time has not done anything," said Chris Imafidon, 50, who knew six different families afflicted by the fire through a local education charity for which work
"This is reviving the memories of that night, because we are all on the street again, I see the same faces". he added, examining the other locals who had come out in memory.
Among the attendees were the former residents of the tower Marcio and Andreia Gomes, whose son was born dead a few hours after the fire, and local firefighters who responded that night.
a row of tables extending at least 50 meters down t On the way, more than 100 community members shared a Mediterranean meal, called an iftar for Muslim residents who break their fasts during Ramadan.
The crowd cheered wildly when a London subway train passing by the tracks stopped and honked its horn. before the driver left his cabin to unfurl a green flag.
The commemorations will continue on Thursday with church services, special prayers at a local mosque, floral offering and the opening of a community mosaic.
A silent walk will also be held, similar to those that take place on the 14th of each month, while placards are displayed in memory of the victims on the four upper floors of the tower.
– Neglected –
the fire started through a defective refrigerator in the kitchen of a fourth-floor apartment in the 24-story tower.
The relatives of the deceased have recently offered heartbreaking testimonies about the final moments of their loved ones at the beginning of a public event in Entering the Fire, reminding the British of the magnitude of the tragedy.
Stephanie Seddon, 24, a health worker who has been in the field since last June, said that "many people show signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder". , referring to post-traumatic stress disorder.
"We are here to support the community," he added.
Despite the support, residents argue that the rich county authorities have neglected the less affluent northern part, which houses Grenfell and surrounding public housing.
They also blame the spread of fire on the lining installed during a recent refurbishment, while the fire service has been under scrutiny over their advice for residents to remain.
A poll published On Wednesday, ITV discovered that 98 percent of family members and survivors were worried that the policy would remain, while 87 percent distrusted the government.
But in the evening commemorative events, the predominant feeling was solidarity.
"We are trying to see how we can heal together," said Imafidon. "It's hard."
You can see messages of condolences near the Grenfell tower
The organizers unveiled placards and T-shirts with slogans demanding justice, one of several similar events that take place
The commemorations will continue on a second day, with services of the church, special prayers in a local mosque, wreath and the inauguration of a community mosaic