THIS WEEK, as we hear of the miracle of a woman pulled from the garment factory wreckage in Bangladesh, what we’ve watched has evolved into the women’s international edition of real life survival. From Cleveland to Bangladesh, women have come through unimaginably harrowing ordeals.
From NBC News, the latest story from Bangladesh:
“I heard voices of the rescue workers for the past several days,” Begum told private Somoy TV station from her hospital bed. “I kept hitting the wreckage with sticks and rods just to attract their attention. No one heard me. It was so bad for me. I never dreamed I’d see the daylight again.”
She added: “There was some dried food around me. I ate the dried food for 15 days. The last two days I had nothing but water. I used to drink only a limited quantity of water to save it. I had some bottles of water around me.”
The April 24 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex, about 20 miles northwest of Dhaka, was the world’s worst industrial accident since the Bhopal disaster in India in 1984, Reuters reported. The death toll reached at least 1,038 on Friday.
The collapse of the garment factory building in Bangladesh, now a mass crime scene, has rightly caused an international furor and uproar.
The woman being pulled alive from the rubble today seems like a distant sign of hope, but to matter these types of atrocities against the working poor must be addressed in more than headlines.
It begins with holding the owners of businesses that imprison workers in dangerous conditions that can lead to mass deaths accountable for their murders.
Now, about the photo at the top, which I posted because the photographer wants this photo to be seen, which she stated in print, for obvious reasons. I’m taking that rhetorical request from the copyright holder as permission to publish.
The final word, from Taslima Akhter…
This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen. – Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi photographer and activist