Khadija SayeKhadija Saye was a 24-year-old artist and photographer, whose artwork is currently on display in the Venice Biennale. She lived on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower with her mother, Mary Mendy. Khadija’s work in Venice is based on Gambian spiritual practices and is being shown in the Diaspora Pavilion. Before her death she wrote in a Facebook status: “It’s been a real journey, tears shed, highs and lows, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting at the Venice Biennale and the blessings are abundant!”
Isaac ShawoIsaac Shawo is currently the youngest identified victim at only five years old. His mother described him as a “beautiful boy” in a interview with The London Evening Standard. Isaac was a pupil at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, and lived in Grenfell Tower with parents Paulos Petakle and Genet Shawo, as well as his three-year-old brother brother Luca.
Mohammed AlhajaliMohammed Alhajali was a Syrian refugee, who came to the UK to escape the atrocities committed by ISIS in his homeland in 2014. Alhajali was studying civil engineering while living in London. The Syria Solidarity Campaign stated: “[He] undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home.” Alhajali had living in a flat on the 14th floor with his brother Omar, but died after the pair became separated as they attempted to escape the burning building. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident, as well as their friends and families.