8 British nationals of Ethiopian origin missing in London tower fire


Eight British nationals of Ethiopian origin are still missing after a huge fire that engulfed a residential tower block West London, the Ethiopian embassy in the UK has said.

Through its Twitter handle, the Ethiopian embassy on Thursday confirmed that a number of Ethiopians were among the casualties. ‘‘We can confirm that there are a number of Ethiopian-born citizens among the casualties”.

They are mother and son Brkite and Biruk Haftom, and Hashim Kidir, his wife and their three children. Isaac Shawo, five, has been confirmed dead.

“I cannot imagine what these families must be going through right now. This has hit home because we know these families, “said Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK Hailemichael Aberra Aferwork after visiting some of those affected. “The Embassy and the Ethiopian community stands united at this difficult time and is providing ongoing support to them.’‘

The police say that at the moment there is no evidence that the blaze, which left at least 30 people dead and 12 in critical care, was started deliberately.

Brkite and Biruk Haftom lived in Flat 155 of Grenfell Tower.

Family friend Dejan Araya says Brkite’s sister and friend have been searching hospitals for news of their whereabouts and are inconsolable, the BBC reports.