One year on: A Grenfell survivor tells his story

Issue 1311


Tiago Alves, a survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire, speaks with The Big Issueon the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Tiago, 21, was watching television on the 13th floor when the fire broke out. “We don’t want these deaths to have been in vain. We want these deaths to mean something to people in authority, to make sure things change,” he says.

Also this week…

  • We asked for your experiences of accessing mental health care and the effect it had on your life. You didn’t let us down.
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  • And in a Letter To My Younger Self, ska superstar Jimmy Cliff talks the culture shock that was coming to England in the 1960s, the many classrooms of religion, and the importance of teaching your children good morals.