Five-Year-Old Boy Who Died from Sheffield Hotel Fall Identified as Afghan Refugee

Police on Aug. 19 have identified the five-year-old boy who fell to his death from a ninth-floor Sheffield hotel window as Mohammed Munib Majeedi from Afghanistan.

Police in Yorkshire, England said in a statement that Majeedi fell from the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel in Blonk Street on Aug. 18 at around 2:30 p.m. local time.

Police added that the boy’s family is being supported by family liaison officers.

Investigation onto the incident is ongoing.

The British government has been using hotel accommodation for Afghan refugees who have been evacuated from the war-torn country after the Taliban seized control last weekend.

Sky News reported that the hotel was fully staffed and has 24/7 security and fire wardens.

The Sheffield hotel had previously faced concerns about the safety of its windows, which “opened so wide I was scared my children would fall out,” one guest wrote in 2019, as quoted by British news outlet The Guardian.

A fellow Afghan hotel resident, who worked as an interpreter for the British army in Afghanistan, said that Majeedi’s family arrived at the hotel three or four days ago after landing at Birmingham airport and staying in Manchester in COVID-19 quarantine three or four weeks ago, The Guardian reported.

The former interpreter also said that Majeedi’s father had worked at the British embassy in Kabul.

“They came here to save their lives. They came for a new life here,” the former interpreter said.

Refugee Council Chief Executive Enver Solomon described the incident as “tragic.”

“We know from our work the quality of hotel accommodation is variable and there have been cases when the welfare and needs of people seeking safety in our country have been overlooked. I hope this wasn’t the case on this occasion,” Solomon said on Twitter.

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