Six years ago, Rana Plaza, an eight-story building, collapsed killing more than 1,000 people and injuring approximately 2,500.
Most of the victims were garment factory workers – mainly women.
A day before the disaster, cracks appeared in the building. Shops and a bank, which were in the same location, were immediately closed. However, the following day, factory workers, despite their protests, were forced to go to work.
Leading brands manufactured their clothing in the building, including Benetton, Bonmarché, The Children’s Place, El Corte Inglés, Joe Fresh, Monsoon, Accessorize, Mango, Matalan, Primark and Walmart.
I’m not writing anything new; all this information is taken from Wikipedia and can be found with a Google search by typing in Rana Plaza.
The thing is, most people still don’t know about the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.
Why is it so? If somebody has an answer, please let me know. I’m struggling to understand.
Are we SO blind and greedy that we are ready to sacrifice and endanger the lives of others for a few lousy t-shirts?
Please let me know what you think. If you were aware of the incident did you change anything as a result of knowing about it? What did you do?
I am aware of the Fashion Revolution movement and I love and support what they are doing. However, I feel that general public awareness hasn’t really moved on. When I talk to people who are not into activism, they have no idea and look at me like I’m a freak when I don’t get excited about the next sale or don’t want to buy stuff just for fun.
Please help me with this one. Let’s do this together. Let’s raise awareness and understand that we’re all responsible. Our world is a little village and we’re all neighbors. There are issues that cannot be neglected any longer.
First, do what you think should be done and then share this article and leave a comment with your thoughts about the issues.
Cover photo by Anika Huizinga