THE MOTHER of a five-year-old Afghan refugee boy who plunged to death from a ninth-floor hotel window, screamed “my son, my son” as he fell, said a witness.
Little Mohammed Monib Majeedi died yesterday, just days after he and his family arrived in the UK while fleeing the Taliban in search of a safer life.
He is believed to have died after sinking about 70 feet around 2:30 p.m. while looking out of a ninth-floor room window at the hotel.
His father, Omar Majeedi, had worked at the British embassy in Kabul before the family was transferred to the UK.
A hotel resident, also an interpreter for the British in Afghanistan, said: “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 the police here.”
The hotel houses Afghan heroes and their families who worked alongside the British army and the authorities, but escaped to the UK when the Taliban swept their country.
The boy’s tragic death comes after other guests complained about the hotel’s “dangerous” windows.
In 2019, a guest posted chilling photos on social media showing how wide the hotel’s upper-floor windows could be extended, Sun Online can reveal.
In a complaint posted on the hotel’s Facebook page, the mother wrote: “It is not suitable for children, it has huge health and safety problems.
“I could not open the window because it was opened so much that I was afraid that my children would fall.”
Along with another photo of a wide-open window, he added: “Look at this. There’s no security at all.
“A sleepless night if you have kids and it’s hot and they don’t give you a fan!”
Sun Online has contacted the hotel for comment.
Last night, inspectors could be seen opening hotel windows, revealing that some left a foot-and-a-half gap, which a child could easily climb.
The police are not treating the child’s death as suspicious.
A hotel resident who served as an interpreter with the British Army in Afghanistan for two years, arrived in the UK with his family on July 27.
The 32-year-old told Sun Online: “It happened around 2pm and he fell from the ninth floor at the back of the hotel.
“He cannot have been in England for many weeks. We were quarantined for two weeks in Manchester and moved into this hotel five days ago. “
He cannot have been in England for many weeks.
Former British Army interpreter staying at the hotel
His mother witnessed the fall of horror yesterday and screamed “save my son, please.”
Another 35-year-old former British Army interpreter accompanied the boy’s distraught mother to the hospital.
He told Sun Online: “There was a crowd and there was screaming. I saw through the window that a child had fallen.
“I went down. Some policemen came. His mother was crying.
“The hotel colleagues were also present and they told me that he had fallen from the ninth floor.
“I explained that the lady did not speak English and that someone should translate for her. Then I went with them to the hospital.
“She explained to me that he was standing near the window and he was looking down.”
The tragic boy’s father, Omar Majeedi, a prominent humanitarian worker, had worked for the British embassy in Kabul until they fled to England recently.
He had worked as a project manager handling Afghan migrants returning to the country since December 2020.
A friend and former colleague of Mr. Majeedi said he was “shocked” to learn of the boy’s death.
Speaking from Kabul, the 39-year-old told Sun Online: “He [Mr Majeedi] worked with the British embassy in Kabul.
“That is why the embassy moved him and his family because of the situation in Afghanistan.
“I just said goodbye to [the little boy] in the airport. I hugged him, he was raised in front of me. It happened every day while we lived on a street.
“When I was at the airport saying goodbye to Majeedi, I just hugged her young son. I remember doing childish acts.
“I can’t understand how this happened. I’m in shock.”
Police vehicles remained at the scene last night, with security guards in high-visibility jackets turning people away at the main entrance of the 111-room hotel.
Inspectors could be seen testing the hotel windows, with video footage showing an opening wide enough for a child to slide through.
The neighboring NCP car park was sealed off by the police following
the tragedy at the hotel on Blonk Street.
In a post on the hotel’s TripAdvisor page earlier this month, a guest said his reservation was canceled because the hotel was closing to receive refugees.
The families were relocated when the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban regained power nearly 20 years after being driven out by the West.
Heartbreaking scenes emerged this week as thousands of people were evacuated at the US and UK airlifts.
Desperate mothers have been throwing babies over barbed wire in an enclosure at Kabul airport as they begged British paratroopers to take them to safety.
The gruesome scenes occur as the ruthless Taliban beat women and shoot unarmed protesters.
A government spokesman said: “We are very saddened by the tragic death of a child in a hotel in Sheffield.
“The police are providing support to the family as the investigation continues and we cannot comment further at this time.”
A South Yorkshire police spokesman said: “We regret to share that a child has sadly died after falling from a building in Sheffield this afternoon.”
“Emergency services were called to the Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel on
Blonk Street, Sheffield around 2.30pm today (August 18) after
reports that the boy had fallen out of a window.
“The boy’s family is being supported by specially trained officers.
No formal identification has yet been made.
“Research is in the early stages of establishing the
circumstances surrounding the incident. “