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London riots: counting the human cost

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London riots: counting the human cost


By night, the buildings in London were burning.

As day dawned, the extent of the devastation became clear.

We have seen the worst of human nature in London over the last week, but also the best.

In Tottenham, donations are pouring in for those left homeless by the riots.

“Over the last few days, when you go back, you just feel you have lost everything and most of the tnings you can’t get back. But again, we will probably build our life again, we will get a new home and settle down, back to work. At the moment I can’t work, I can’t just go back to work.”

said Burcin Akbasak, who has lost her home.

There was outrage in the UK when a video showing a group of youths pretending to help a young student who had been mugged for his bike was posted on the internet.

One of them rifled through his backpack instead.

Ashraf Haziq may have lost his wallet, but he has kept his sense of humanity.

“I feel sorry for them (the people who mugged him) “ he told reporters, “but it was really sad because amongst them there were children. It was very sad.”

In West London, a 68-year-old man is now fighting for his life in hospital after being attacked in Ealing.

He was left with severe head injuries and is now on a life support machine.

And in Birmingham, the fathers of three young men made an emotional visit to the place their sons died. They were hit and killed by a car as they tried to protect their neighbourhood from looters. It is a painful reminder that those who have lost the most this week are those who have lost their relatives.

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