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Rana Plaza Victims

Injured Rana Plaza workers still cry for proper treatment

Lack of Treatment

Injured Rana Plaza workers still cry for proper treatment

Many of the injured Rana Plaza victims who were in immediate need of proper treatment but could not afford that are seeing their health conditions deteriorate day by day--some even perished in the meantime--while compensation eludes them even after 18 months of the disaster. Since the nine-storey building collapsed on April 24 last year, the victims have staged demonstrations on a myriad of occasions demanding compensation, but to no avail. On Saturday, one of the critically injured workers, Zaheda Begum, 25, who had been pressed in the hunks of concrete,...

PM's relief fund to merge with Rana Plaza package

Rana Plaza victims will receive compensation from retailers minus the amount they got from the prime minister's relief fund, Labour Secretary Mikail Shipar said yesterday. For instance, as per ILO convention 121, a dead worker's family was supposed to receive Tk 29 lakh as compensation. So, if they have already received Tk 10 lakh from the prime minister's fund, they can expect to be given another Tk 19 lakh from the Rana Plaza Trust Fund. “The victims thought they will receive...

Bangladesh looks for 29 cents

A year on from the April 24, 2013, Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the world's attention largely seems to have shifted away from the problems in the garment industry that were exposed by the tragedy. There has been some tentative progress to improve conditions for workers. But serious challenges remain if the 1,132 deaths in that accident aren't to be in vain, let alone repeated. The government in Dhaka and the foreign retailers who buy garments from Bangladesh have...

RMG industry: Post-Rana Plaza

IT is more than one year now since the horrific Rana Plaza disaster that claimed at least 1,135 lives and left hundreds more missing, wounded or incapacitated. The scale and gravity of the disaster generated a chorus of condemnations from all around the world and mobilised global opinion to revamp and improve building structures and working conditions within the industry. It was a wake-up call! International Labour Organisation (ILO), in this regard, acted quickly and negotiated, within the first ten...

DNA tests create scope for closure

DNA tests create scope for closure

Safura Khatun, mother of Rashida Khatun, a seamstress who was killed in the Rana Plaza tragedy last year, finally touched the grave of her beloved daughter yesterday after a whole one year. She found the news of her child's grave in the capital's Jurain graveyard in February but could not come from her village...



Even a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, the families of dead workers and survivors are yet to get adequate compensation, with a top ILO official terming the delay a shame for all stakeholders. "It is very hard, very difficult to speak here today and say that the victims still cannot be adequately compensated....

Bleeding, still

Salma Begum fumbled in the piles of the debris-strewn disaster site in Savar. A piece of torn cloth here, a rubber slipper there. She looked out. Was it her son's shirt or sandal? She mumbled. Only tears rolled down her cheeks. "Where've you gone, my heart, my bazan (son)?.... I'll take you home," howled Salma, kneeling down on the jumbled concrete debris of Rana Plaza. No one and nothing could stop her mourning. Only a sense of nothingness prevailed. Like Salma, family...

Crisis seen as opportunity

The word crisis when written in Chinese is composed of two characters -- one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. The narrative of the country's garment sector following the Rana Plaza collapse last year could best be summed up by it. The catastrophe, which claimed at least 1,135 lives and injured about 2,500, drew scorn from around the world, and the sector seemed to be on the brink of a pitfall. But, remarkably, the harrowing debris of the eight-storey building...

Nightmares haunt them

It has been a year since Rana Plaza collapsed but nightmares still haunt the survivors. Sajal Das survived the collapse with severe injuries. The 26-year-old tried hard to rebuild his life in the apparel sector but the life-changing injuries and the psychological trauma he had sustained got in the way. "After the collapse, I made three attempts to work in a garment factory, but could not continue. Neither my health, nor my mental condition would let me work for hours. Whenever I...

Rana Plaza Victims

Help injured, families fast

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged international garment retailers to adequately compensate the victims of Rana Plaza collapse. In a report to mark the first anniversary of the deadliest garment factory disaster in the world history, the New York-based rights organisation has said those who were injured and the families of those who were killed in the tragedy urgently need assistance. “One year after Rana Plaza collapsed, far too many victims and their families are at serious risk of destitution,” said...

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