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Tazreen tragedy: Victims remembered on the sixth anniversary

  • Published at 11:20 pm November 24th, 2018
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A organization of garment workers places flower wreaths at the graveyard marking the day of Tazreen Fashions factory tragedy in Ashulia Dhaka Tribune

Leaders of the organizations said more than two thousand workers were in the factory when the fire broke out in 2012 at Tazreen Fashions

On Saturday, several organizations of garment workers observed the sixth anniversary of the Tazreen Fashions factory tragedy in Ashulia, Dhaka, placing wreaths at the graveyard of the victims.

Leaders and activists of 20 organizations including Garments Sramik Federation, Samajtantrik Sramik Federation, Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik Federation, Jago Bangladesh Federation, Bangladesh Poshak Sromik Trade Union Federation, and Shwadin Bangla Garment Sramik Federation, laid flower wreaths at the graveyard marking the day.

Leaders of the organizations said more than two thousand workers were in the factory when the fire broke out in 2012 at Tazreen Fashions.

Of them, 113 workers died and many were severely injured by the fire. But injured workers and family members of the dead have not been given compensation yet, they alleged.

Tuhin Chowdhury, president of Poshak Sromik Trade Union Federation and AL Kamran, president of Shwadin Bangla Garment Sramik Federation, Savar unit, urged the government to rehabilitate the victims who were injured at the incident.

Soumitra Kumar Das, organizing secretary of Garments Sramik Federation, said many survivors of the Tazreen garments tragedy, which killed 113 and injured more than 200 workers, continue to live in dire straits. 

Many of them are yet to recover from their physical injuries and as a result are struggling to find jobs. Survivors are also scared of returning to work in other factories as they continue to battle mental wounds.

He also urged the government to take immediate steps to assist the victims.

Memories still scar

Many victims, injured by the deadly incident, who now live in a rented house near the Tazreen building, recalled that tragic day.  

One of them, Liyon, attributes her condition today to the lack of proper treatment. 

She believes that had she received financial funding immediately after the factory burnout, she would have been in a much better position today.

Ayesha Begum, Parvin Akter, and other victims also echoed Liyon’s sentiments.

“I think the trauma of Tazreen will haunt me till the day of Qayamat,” says Nasrin, a victim.

“When I recall those scenes in my head, it's not possible for me to stay humane. Sometimes I picture those scenes when I can't sleep at night,” she adds.

After jumping off the third floor, Nasrin hurt her spinal cord and legs. There was a time when she could work from 9 am to 9 pm at night. 

Bangladesh Textile and Garments Workers League, Savar unit President Sarwar Hossain said, “Due to the nature of their injuries and the mental trauma, the Tazreen victims suffer a lot and many workers are finding it hard to secure a job.”

“I hope the government will take immediate steps to help the victims,” he also said.