Friday, June 16, 2017

Lecturer reveals how his wife escaped the burning tower but died outside on the grass close to where he was anxiously waiting for her

Mr Abdullah was told by police today that the body of his wife Khadija Khalloufi (left) had been found on the grass only a short distance away from the building

He had been searching for his wife from when the fire bellowed till 6am, then police informed him that her body was found outside close to where he stood, with no single burn...
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A retired lecturer today revealed his heartbreak after his wife escaped the burning Grenfell Tower
inferno - only to die on the grass outside just 50ft from where he was waiting for her.
Sabah Abdullah, 72, told MailOnline how he had been searching for his wife, Khadija Khalloufi, 52, outside the burning building in West London until 6am. 
Today, however, he was told by police that her body had been found on the grass only a short distance away.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, he said: 'The police said that we are here now to inform you that we did find the body of your wife and we found it opposite the tower building next to the leisure centre.
'They said she died in the greenery and the flowers, in the fresh air. Outside the leisure centre. So how did she get out? Why did nobody help her? I was standing outside until six in the morning looking for her, and I didn't see her. They told me she died just 50 feet from me.'

 Mrs Khalloufi was not found with any burns and it is possible that she died of smoke inhalation, though this has not been confirmed. It is not clear whether she received any first aid.


 Police have given little information to Mr Abdullah. 
However, one theory is that Mrs Khalloufi was swept out of the building in the crowd, past her husband, and died on the grass nearby. It is unclear, however, whether she left the building while her husband was outside or after he had left.
He added: 'How is it possible that she didn't die inside and when she got into the fresh air, she passed away?'

 Mr Abdullah had tried to lead his wife to safety through the smoke-filled stairwell as they fled their flat on the 17th floor. He had overbalanced and lost her hand in the stampede.
He had been hoping against hope that his wife would be named among the injured, he said. This morning, however, police informed him that she had become the latest victim of the tragedy.
In a heartbreaking interview, Mr Abdullah – whose wife was caring for him full-time on account of his diabetes and heart condition – said: 'We had a 30-year marriage. She was my other half, she was my partner. She was everything.
'Being a retired person, she was the only one to look after me. Thanks to my friends who are all here, but that was my wife. This is a different situation now.
'She was always with me. Someone very important is missing. And why? What did she do? Does she really deserve that?'


 Yesterday, police moved Mr Abdullah to a one-bedroom flat in a nearby old age home and today they informed him that his wife had passed away.
'When I arrived here, I was asking where my wife is going to sleep as there is only a single bed,' he told MailOnline.

'The police looked at each other and told me to just try it for tonight. Then today they told me she had passed away.'
Mr Abdullah is waiting to sign the paperwork so that his wife's body can be released. Even though she is British, he said, she is going to be buried in Morocco.
'I feel lost. I don't know what's going on. I just want my wife back,' he told MailOnline.
When the fire started, both left their flat in pyjamas and dressing-gowns, having been asleep when the block filled with smoke.
'I said to my wife, put a part of your robe over your nose so you can at least filter it, and I pulled her from the flat,' he said.
'I pulled her from the 17th floor and it was very awkward. People were pushing and forcing you to move because each one was running for his life.
'It was a stampede, with killer smoke. I could see only half a metre in front of me. The noise was indescribable. Not only were people screaming, you could feel that every one of them was very nervous and afraid, scared, wondering what's going on. Nobody was expecting this.
'We were all coughing terribly in the black smoke. There was a mixture of people, mainly adults but some children.


 'I thought, OK, my wife is behind me. All I need to do is keep my hand in her hand and the other hand over my nose.
'But how could I keep my balance? They kept pushing me left and right, how could I balance?


 'I found myself letting go of her hand and putting my hand on the rail. I thought she was safe behind me.
'I couldn't keep hold of her hand and keep my balance,' he added. 'I had to let go. I can't say exactly what happened next because I couldn't see anything. I never had a head at that time. It was crazy.'
When he got to the 15th floor, Mr Abdullah realised his wife was missing. Concluding that she must be making her own way down, he followed the crowd down through the building.
'Thereafter, I didn't care. I thought she was downstairs,' he said. 'I was pushing other people, doing exactly the same thing as them. I felt like I was behaving like an animal, but everybody was the same. Everybody was panicking.
'When people fell on the floor, we pulled them up and carried on.'
When he got out of the building, he was shocked to see that his wife was nowhere to be seen.

The fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, has claimed at least 30 lives 
 The fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London, has claimed at least 30 lives

 
A police officer told me to get out of the way. I told him my wife was missing, and he pushed me. It was not a graceful push. I fell over, cutting my feet.'
The rest of the night, he said, was a blur. 'I don't know if it's today or yesterday. I can't concentrate on anything,' he said. It's not easy, I can't sleep last night. But when it got to five, automatically I slept.'
Mr Abdullah described his wife as 'wonderful and generous'. They met when she attended one of his lectures in Business Studies at Kensington and Chelsea Colleges 28 years ago, he added.
'We were married for 28 years, wonderful, wonderful years,' he told MailOnline. 'We have two stepchildren.'
A friend of the family said: 'When you look at Khadija, she's full of life with a big heart. She is such a humble person, very welcoming. She opens her home to you, when you go to their house, she can't stop feeding you.
'She is a very generous person, very pure. She supports a lot of people in their lives. She cares for neighbours and everyone and loves her husband and stepchildren very much.'


May her soul Rest In perfect Peace!

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