রানা প্লাজা দুর্ঘটনার আট বছর . . .

আবদুল আজিজের সাথে আলাপচারিতা. . .

আবদুল আজিজ— সবজী বিক্রি করেই তার সংসার চলে এখন। একমাত্র ছেলেকে হারিয়েছে আজ আট বছর হলো । রানা প্লাজার চার তলায় ফ্যানটম গামেন্টস, আয়রন সেকশন কাজ করতেন ১৮, বছরের শাওন। রানা প্লাজা দুর্ঘটনার আট বছর কাভার করতে, আজ সেখানে গিয়েছিলাম,সাভারে ।

ধ্বংস স্তুপ এর কোন চিহ্ন নেই—আজ সেখানে। কাটাতারের বেড়া দিয়ে ঘিরে রাখা হয়েছে, সবুজ আগাছা, ময়লা- আর্বজনা আর ডোবায় পরিনত হয়ে, স্থবির হয়ে আছে, সেই—রানা প্লাজা !

নিহত ব্যক্তিদের স্মরণ করতে এই করোনাকালীন সময়ে স্বজনের অনেকেই আজ এসেছিলেন, এসেছিল বিভিন্ন শ্রমিক সংগঠন । ঘটনাস্থলে ফুল দিয়ে শ্রদ্ধা জানান তারা,
প্রতিবাদ করেন, বিচার চান, ক্ষতিপূরণ চান।

বাংলাদেশের গামেন্টস শিল্পের জন্য ২৪ এপ্রিল ২০১৩ এক কালো দিন হিসাবে চিন্তিত হয়ে আছে । যেখানে ১১৩৬ জন শ্রমিকের করুণ মৃত্যু হয় এবং আহত হন আরও কয়েক হাজার শ্রমিক কেউ কেউ পঙ্গুত্ব হয়ে, চাকুরি হারিয়ে মানবেতর জীবন-যাপন করছেন, আজ।

বৃদ্ধ আজিজ, তার ছেলেকে স্বরণ করে— কাঁটাতার ঘেরা এক প্রান্তরে দাড়িয়ে, নিরবে কাঁদছিলেন । ছেলের জন্য আল্লাহর কাছে দোয়া চাইছিলেন । সেখানেই আলাপচারিতা হয়—নিহতদের বাবা আবদুল আজিজের সাথে . . .

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Dhaka, Keranigonj, Bangladesh June 2013

A Bangladeshi dock yard labor Milon 48, take a pose and smile  for photos in front of repaired Ship. He  works as a day labor and earn 280 tk per day. Thousand of dock workers laboring on ships in Keranigonj yard on the Buriganga river, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Daily Life | Dhaka

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Dhaka, Keranigonj, Bangladesh May 2013

A Bangladeshi garments workers works in a small factory during the nationwide strike in Dhaka.

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Savar Tragedy Victims | Bangladesh

Pakhi Begum 25, lost both of her legs in the Rana Plaza building collapse. Pakhi works as a machine operator on the fifth floor of the nine-storey building when it collapsed in April 24, 2013. Her legs trapping under the concrete bar, her husband Jahangir Alam 30, and her two daughters said, we are very happy to see her alive, when lots of people were either missing or dead. Several injured victims like Pakhi they are admitted in Savar and Dhaka different hospital for the treatment here is some critical patient who are admitted at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar.

Reports state that the death toll rose over 540 ( update 4 May, 2013)  and many more still missing, according to a senior military official leading rescue operations at the spot. 52 bodies were recovered on 03 May 2013 after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza housed mostly garment factories which collapsed on 24 April 2013.

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Shooter Diaries | Rana Plaza |01

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Bangladesh’s garment industry has grown rapidly during the last decade. The Ready Made Garment, RMG, sector contributes 76% of the total export earning of Bangladesh. Recently an eight-story block housing factories and a shopping center on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed on April 24 morning killing at least 430 more ( update, 2 May 2013) people. Rescuers fear the death toll may rise significantly. Local citizen, fire fighters, army personnel,police, volunteers joined  to rescue them. A number of workers  garment factories in Savar alleged that they were forced to work in the morning. Most of the victims who have been rescued from under the debris in the afternoon are dead. The injured and dead victims were rushed at Enam Medical College and Hospital in Savar to hand over victims’ relatives for burial.

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Dozens Killed in Savar Building Collapse

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April 24, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A garment worker lies trapped in the rubble. At least 124 people have been killed and many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed in the Savar area on the outskirts of the capital, government officials say. (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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April 24, 2013 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – The daughter of a woman killed in the collapse mourns over her body. At least 124 people have been killed and many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed in the Savar area on the outskirts of the capital, government officials say. (Credit Image: © Monirul Alam/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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May Day Observed in Bangladesh (news)

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01 May 2012 Dhaka, Bangladesh- A Bangladeshi worker at work in lathe workshop without any eye protection at Old part of Dhaka. The Historic May Day observed today in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world with a renewed pledge to protect the right of workers. The day is observed every year since 1886 commemorating the launch of a massive movement of works at the Haymarket in Chicago of the United State to establish the rights of eight-hour working day. In the next few days of agitation, several workers were killed. © Monirul Alam

Garments Workers Movement in Bangladesh

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 03. Jan 2012 Dhaka.Bangladesh- National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh organization form  a human chain in front of National Press Club  on 3 January 2012 urged death compensation for three garments workers who killed in a devastationg fire at Eurotax factory and lift accident at Continental Garments  and demand  to fix their  new wage structure. © Monirul Alam

Street Protest in Dhaka Against Eight Bangladeshi Slaughtered in Saudi Arab

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 15. Oct. 2011. Dhaka. Bangladesh- Magic Movement an organization protest on the street a mock execution scene in front of National Museum at Shahbag in Dhaka city on Saturday, Recently 8 Bangladeshi have been slaughtered in Saudi Arab  and 5 more are in process of killing in the same brutality. According to the media, on Friday, 7 Oct 2011 Saudi Arabia executed eight Bangladeshi workers for their involvement in robbery and subsequent murder of an Egyptian security guard in Riyadh in 2007. © Monirul Alam

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