24 April 2013. A building collapsed with approximately 5000 people, most of them being workers of the 5 floors of factory operating with utter disregard to law or life. Deadlines kept pushing them, and it pushed them into the jaws of death. The lustful greed blinded the rich masters of these frightening factories into pushing their workers into what was about to be the world’s most tragic factory disaster ever recorded.
Savar still shudders with the memory of the Rana Plaza collapse. A building meant for a shopping mall and constructed with gross violation of the Bangladesh National Building Code; Rana Plaza ended up as a massive factory producing with thousands of workers and generators on floors – one over another.
As the rubble give way to more dead bodies, a light of life streamed out of the tunnels dug by rescuers, ‘She is alive!’ was the news that came out to bring a touch healing balm to an incurable wound. The lady was Reshma – now at the Combined Medical Hospital Savar, sustaining no major woulds. Her recovery came after 17 days of the rescue. A local shopkeeper said, “I am very happy that she survived’.
A night before Reshma’s rescue, a fire yet again surrounded the famous Tumg Hai garments killing its owner and burning machine and garments worth hundreds of thousands workers.
Our rescue efforts are nothing but a duty for us. We are proud to have seen such a lady who defies death and hold law upright. Hoping against hopes thing will see a change, and we are confident that we can play a vital role in accountability.