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People Are Sharing This Beautiful Video Of Grenfell Victim Khadija Saye Instead Of The Grenfell Effigy Video

The news comes after five men were arrested for alleged public order offences relating to the burning of a model of the tower.

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There was outrage on Monday after video circulated online showing a model of Grenfell Tower being burned at a garden bonfire. Five men from south London have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in relation to the clip.

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But while some were sharing their disbelief and horror at the video, Imandeep Kaur, cofounder of Impact Hub Birmingham, tweeted that she’d rather remember Khadija Saye, the young photographer who died in the Grenfell fire, alongside her mother, Mary Mendy.

I am not tweeting that sickening video. I am reminding of this beautiful soul instead.

Kaur tweeted a clip from a BBC documentary made about Saye and her work just one month before the fire. She had recently been chosen to have her work exhibited in Venice Biennale in 2017.

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That work, a collection of self-portrait photos that explored her Gambian British identity, were later shown in Cambridge in 2018. So far the clip has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted on Monday.

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Kaur told BuzzFeed News: “In a time where you can’t seem to escape the hate, division and polarisation across the country and world, I was devastated to see the vile video of the Grenfell effigy and especially the amount of people tweeting the video, even if it was to say how awful it was.

“It immediately made me think of Khadija and her beautiful soul and the light she gave to the world, and how tragically hers and so many other lives were cut short, it’s those stories we need to give energy to, make viral, its those people and their families, we need to fight for justice for.”

People were really into the video.

@ImmyKaur Thank you. I’d rather fill my soul with this, than break my heart over the cruelty of the few. Beautiful. Thank you. x

@ImmyKaur After feeling so sick from seeing that bonfire video and how many retweets it was getting, I couldn’t have been more glad to see and share this! What a passionate young woman. It’s a crime that she didn’t get to live to fulfil her potential. #grenfell

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CORRECTION

Khadija Saye’s name and the name of the Venice Biennale were misspelled in an earlier version of this post.


Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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