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'Won't work at garments factory again, the place haunts me'

  • Published at 01:36 pm April 24th, 2019
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Aleya Begum offers floral wreaths at Jurain graveyard on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Families visit Jurain graveyard to commemorate Rana Plaza victims

Aleya Begum, 50, has come to Jurain graveyard from Narayanganj to offer floral wreaths on her husband’s grave, Abdur Rashid – victim of the Rana Plaza incident.

Like every year on April 24, she visits the grave with no hope for justice. 

Six years ago, in 2013, Aleya lost her husband in the Rana Plaza collapse, and was unable to identify his body among the deceased.  

Since her husband’s death, she has been supporting her two sons Al Amin, 16, and Rabbi, 11, with whatever little she earns.

“When my husband was alive I never faced any hardship. The one who earned is dead now, and no help or support will serve the purpose of him being alive,” she sighed.

Aleya claimed that she has not received any sort of help yet.

“I do not know where to go for support and nobody approached me even. I require nothing in return for my dead husband,” she added.

Aleya once used to work in a garments factory like her husband. After her husband’s death, she quit her job and found work in  a pulse mill.

“I will never work in a garments factory again, the place haunts me,” said Aleya.

She came along with a labour right organisation, Labour Employee Unity Organisation; and several other organisations also came to pay their respects to, and commemorate, the departed souls.

A total of 1,134 people died in the Rana Plaza collapse and around 200 unidentified bodies were buried in the Jurain graveyard.

Montu Ghosh, chairman of Garment Labour Trade Union Centre alleged, “The government has received several donations on this account but none of it has been transferred to the victims’ families.

“The owner of Rana Plaza should soon be punished and the affected families should receive more financial support.”