Tue, Dec 04, 2012 - Page 6 News List

Bangladesh fire victims want old jobs back

EARNING A LIVING:Garment work can provide a stable income for young, uneducated rural women in a country where almost one-third of people live in extreme poverty

AP, DHAKA

The factory had no emergency exits. Police were continuing to question three managers suspected of locking in the workers during the fire. Clothes from major global brands including Wal-Mart and Disney were being produced at the factory, though the companies said the plant was considered high-risk and they had ordered subcontractors not to use it in recent months.

As difficult as life is for survivors, some families do not even know for certain whether their loved ones are among the dead. Dozens of bodies too badly burned to be identified have already been buried.

“My mother has gone to the factory, she has not returned home yet,” seven-year-old Rumi said as she showed a passport-size photo of her mother. “Where’s my mother? She has not come.”

Her father, Ahedul, said he went to the hospital morgue but could not tell whether his wife’s remains were there.

“I don’t know what to do now,” Ahedul said. “The government said it will compensate us, but how will I compensate my baby?”

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