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  • Grenfell Tower: Five-year-old Isaac Paulos's funeral held

    A funeral is being held for five-year old Isaac Paulos, one of the youngest victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

    Family and friends were joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in paying their respects to the "special little boy" at St Phillip's Church, in Battersea.

    Isaac was one of at least 80 people who were killed in the North Kensington fire last month.

    He reportedly got separated from his family in the fire and was found on the 13th floor.

    It is thought 255 people survived the fire on 14 June, which engulfed the 67m (220ft) high tower block.



     

    Isaac lived in Grenfell Tower on the 18th floor with parents Genet Shawo and Paulos Petakle, and three-year-old brother, Lukas.

    An obituary, read out at the funeral by family friend Abenet Amenshoa, described him as a "smart and generous little boy" who loved swimming, football and playing games with his friends.

    A letter from Mr Amenshoa's daughter, aged 5, said: "Isaac can still play in heaven with the other children. He is also with the angels."

    Isaac was a pupil at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School and has been described by his mother as a "beautiful boy".

    A tribute from his uncle, Alem Tekle, read: "I have you in my heart. Today and every day."

     

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  • Ethiopian Parents arrested in Atlanta for Beating Child

    Parents of a 6-year-old boy told Gwinnett County, Georgia, police that beating and leaving children indoors alone for hours is normal in Ethiopia. 

    Etsegenet Tekletsion and her child’s father, Belayneh Ogato, both originally from Ethiopia, are charged with child cruelty, according to an arrest warrant.

    “Actually, both parents according to the investigators were not that concerned about it,” Capt. Thom Bardugan told Channel 2 Action News. “They said in Ethiopia that is considered common practice for disciplining a child.”

    A neighbor called the police last week after the boy was found wandering alone on Stoneview Trail in Lilburn, Channel 2 reported. The boy told police his parents weren’t home and he was hungry, Bardugan told the news station.

    He had been left alone at least five hours while the parents went to work, the warrant states.
    When officers noticed welts and bruises on the boy’s legs, they arrested the parents. They have since bonded out of jail. (AJC July 11/2017)

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