Mouna El-Ogbani lived on the 11th floor of Grenfell Tower for 10 years with her husband, Youseff, and their three children Zaid, 14, Hafsa, 11, and Nusaybah, three. She was a teenager when she came to live in London from Tangier in Morocco, and the family lived in Testerton Walk, adjacent to the tower (and where her mother still lives).
“When I got married we stayed with my mum,” she begins, “then we rented for a year and eventually we got a home in the tower and I loved living there. We had friends, good neighbours. It was a nice mixed community – we shared Eid and Christmas together, we helped each other with our children’s homework and they played downstairs in the playground together.”
On the night of the fire she had been at her mother’s and when she went home with her children her husband was still at