Five-year-old Afghan refugee fell 70ft to his death from hotel window days after arriving in UK with dad who worked at British Embassy in Kabul


A five-year-old Afghan refugee who fell 70ft to his death from a hotel window had only just arrived in the UK.

Mohammed Monib Majeedi was peering down from his ninth floor bedroom in the OYO Metropolitan Hotel, in South Yorkshire, when he fell and plunged to his death on Wednesday (August 18).

It has been reported that his mother witnessed the horror and shouted “save my son!”.

The boy had been staying at the hotel with his mother Shekiba, father Omar Majeedi, two brothers and two sisters since arriving in the UK after fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. His father is understood to have worked at the British Embassy in Kabul.

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The window, which should only open about 5cm, reportedly opened wide enough for Mohammed to fall through.

South Yorkshire Police said: “The boy’s family have now formally identified him and they are being supported by our family liaison officers. We would ask that their privacy is respected at this time.

“Officers are appealing for anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward.”

The Refugee Council has called for a review of accommodation offered to those fleeing the Taliban following the tragedy.

The OYO Metropolitan Hotel in Blonk Street, Sheffield

Witnesses said the boy’s father had worked in the British Embassy in Kabul.

One hotel resident, also an interpreter for the British in Afghanistan, told the Daily Mail: “I was in my room. I heard a sound, like I heard the body fall. His mother was in the room with him.

“She was screaming, ‘My son, my son’. When I came here (outside) I saw the ambulance and police here.”

He said the family came to the UK three or four weeks ago, landing at Birmingham Airport, then staying in Manchester during quarantine for Covid.

The family, including the parents and three boys and two girls, then moved to the hotel in Sheffield only three or four days ago and the father was regarded as, ‘the new guy’ among Afghans staying there.

The interpreter added: “If the dad is working for the Americans or the English then their lives are in danger in Afghanistan.

“They came here to save their lives, they came for a new life here, but unfortunately…”

The OYO hotel is temporary home to around 11 Afghan families, who had helped the British Army and Government.

It comes after it was announced 30,000 Afghans will be resettled in the UK but just 2,000 have been evacuated so far in a new scheme.

Meanwhile, a separate programme designed to protect Afghan translators and other workers who were employed by British forces is now expected to cover around 10,000, up from the 5,000 previously suggested.

A Government spokesman said: “Departments across Whitehall have been working intensively at all levels in the last few days and weeks on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Thanks to these efforts, we have relocated over 2,000 Afghans to the UK since June, evacuated over 400 British nationals and their families on RAF flights since Sunday and established one of the most generous asylum schemes in British history.”

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