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Cleaning up the mess, by Omar Chatriwala.
Firefighters and cleaners continue to work a day after the Villaggio fire left 19 people dead.
Villaggio goes dark, by Omar Chatriwala.
A day after the Villaggio fire left 19 people dead, the mall remains closed. Normally brighly lit, the darkened structure looms ominously.
Aspire Park vigil, by Omar Chatriwala.
Hundreds of people gathered at Aspire Park to mourn for those who died in the Villaggio fire, and stand in solidarity with the victims’ families.
Lighting candles at the Park, by Omar Chatriwala.
Candles are lit, notes and flowers left, and prayers said at Aspire Park for the deceased.
Flowers for the fallen, by Omar Chatriwala.
“Sleep Well” reads one card left at the Aspire Park vigil for those who died in the Villaggio fire.
The world is thinking of you, by Omar Chatriwala.
A card placed by the Villaggio sign, a day after the fire, which led to the deaths of some 13 children.
Remembering the fire, by Omar Chatriwala.
Flowers are left at the Villaggio Mall sign to remember the victims of Monday’s fire that left 19 people dead, including 13 children.
Ash outside the mall, by Omar Chatriwala.
Soot and ash mark the walls next to a fire escape between Gated 3 and 4 at Villaggio mall a day after a large blaze left 19 people dead, including 13 children.
Inside Villaggio, by Omar Chatriwala.
The Go Sport shop at Gate 4 was one of the many shops damaged in the fire that killed 19 people.
Cleaning crew at work on Flickr.
As Qatar’s Civil Defense continues to work inside the mall a day after the Villaggio fire, cleaners push out excess water. Credit: Photo by Omar Chatriwlaa