“Since Saturday, I cannot recall whether I have taken any food. On the night of the Eid day, it took me two hours to swallow some rice,” said Parvin Akter, wife of Azim Uddin, one of the Tampaco workers who remained missing since the factory in Gazipur’s Tongi caught fire with a huge explosion on September 10.
“Eid has been lost forever from my life,” she said.
At least 34 people have been killed, about 50 injured and 10 missing in the incident.
Parvin has been waiting in front of the factory since September 10 just to see her husband, with whom she shared 11 years of her married life, either dead or alive. Rescuers said they would let her see the body of her husband if they found it.
A few people were continuing the search for the missing persons on the Eid day, she said.
Azim, 36, hailing from Sanpur village of Magura, was an assistant painting operator at Tampaco for the last four years.
“On the fateful day, my husband had his breakfast and went to his workplace around 5.45am. After a while, I came to know that a fire broke out at the factory. First, I rushed to the factory, then Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Kurmitola Hospital, Abeda Memorial Hospital and Tongi Hospital one after another in search of my husband, but nowhere I found him,” Parvin told the Dhaka Tribune.
Taher Ali, father of another missing worker Murad Hossain, has also been waiting for his son in front of the factory along with his family members since the very day of the tragic incident.
Murad was his second son among three. None of his sons could continue their education due to financial crisis, said Taher.
“My son worked at the factory just to survive,” said the father.
Murad, 22, from Lakhhipur village at Ramganj upazila in Lakhhipur district, had been working as a helper at the factory for the last three years.
Tania, a cousin of the victim, said Murad bought clothes on Friday for Eid.
“We had a plan to celebrate the Eid at our village home. Still, all the clothes he purchased for the Eid day are lying on his bed,” said Tania.
“Now, I want my son dead or alive and nothing else,” said the broken father.