G.M.B. Akash


Amena eats her lunch in her hospital bed at the Pongu Hospital in Dhaka. She sustained a spinal injury when the Rana Plaza complex in Savar on the outskirts of the city collapsed, killing over 1,000 and injuring thousands more. Amena is completely reliant on the hospital staff for movement and it's unlikely that she will be able to work again. The 8 storey Rana Plaza complex, which housed a number of garment factories employing over 3,000 workers, collapsed on 24 April 2013. By 29 April, at least 380 were known to have died while hundreds remained missing. Workers who were worried about going to work in the building when they noticed cracks in the walls were told not to worry by the building's owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, who is a member of the ruling Awami League's youth front. He fled his home and tried to escape to neighbouring India after the building collapsed but was caught by police and brought back to Dhaka. Some of the factories working in the Rana Plaza building produce cheap clothes for various European retailers including Primark in the UK and Mango, a Spanish label. The final death toll was 1,127.

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