factory fire

Send Solidarity Greetings to Bangladeshi Garment Workers!

A year ago, 112 garment workers were killed in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory—and a thousand others were injured in the scramble to escape a building with no fire escapes and firmly barred windows. On April 24, 2012, more than 1,200 garment workers were killed when the multistory Rana Plaza building pancaked… [READ MORE]

Nasima, Tazreen Survivor: Day by Day, My Situation Is Getting Worse

Nasima, 25, cannot neither breathe nor see well these days. She speaks softly, too weak to raise her voice. Nasima escaped the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire in Bangladesh with her life, but her injuries from the disaster are so extensive that she can no longer support herself and her family. “I… [READ MORE]

Raoshonara, Tazreen Survivor: No Other Option but Begging to Survive

Raoshonara is destitute. “I have no other option but begging to survive,” she said, and burst into tears. The 35-year-old garment worker is unable to support herself or her family after suffering severe injuries escaping the factory fire that decimated Tazreen Fashions where she worked as a finishing operator. Raoshonara, like her co-workers at the… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Survivor, Morsheda: We Poor Have Lost Everything

Morsheda could not travel to her home village in Bangladesh for the recent Eid holiday because she could not afford the trip. Her 9-year-old son, who lives in the village with his grandmother, told neighbors there that he does not have parents because if he did, they would be with him for the holiday “You… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Survivor Anjuma: Days Pass by Without Food

When someone knocks on her door, Anjuma knows a debt collector is likely on the other side. But ever since she escaped with severe injuries from the disastrous fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory where she worked as a cleaner, she has had no money to pay her bills. “People become the prisoners of jail,… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Survivor, Anjuara: Too Injured to Hold Her Child

Anjuara suffers from constant pain. She is too injured to work and unable to pay the rent. Yet this is not the worst of her suffering following the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire in Bangladesh. “The most painful thing is that I haven’t been able to lift up my 3-year-old baby girl… [READ MORE]

Aferza, Tazreen Survivor: I Starve with My Kids

To mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, the Solidarity Center is highlighting stories of survivors and their families. Aferza, 25, left her village in 2010 for Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, to escape poverty. She planned to help support her family and educate her children with the money she… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Factory Fire: A Year Later, Survivors Feel Forgotten

A year after the deadly factory fire that killed 112 garment workers at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh, survivors and the families of those killed and injured say they have been forgotten by the factory owner, international buyers and the government. In interviews with Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, many survivors said… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh Reinstates Garment Worker Rights Group

The Bangladesh government has re-registered the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), a move that means the organization can fully function again and pursue its mission of educating workers about their rights. The Bangladesh government revoked the organization’s registration in 2010 and arrested its leaders, Babul Akhter, Kalpona Akter and Aminul Islam, on criminal charges… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh Fire Survivors Describe Hardships after Tragedy

“The factory caught fire about 6 p.m. After the fire, they did not allow us  to go out,” says Nazma. “They locked the gate. The workers were screaming together.” Tazreen Factory Fire Survivors Describe Death Trap from Solidarity Center on Vimeo. Nazma is among the Tazreen Factory fire survivors in this video who describe the… [READ MORE]