Tragédie dans Bangladesh

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

I wrote this poem after the Rana Plaza commercial building collapsed in Dahka, Bangladesh in 2013. It housed multiple garment factories that produced clothes for a number of big name western companies. One of the photos taken of the wreckage was sensationalized as it featured two deceased people, male and female, under the wreckage. The man was on top of the female, looking as if he was trying to protect her. The photo was absolutely haunting and tragic. One thing that struck me was that one could only speculate what happened between these two people. It's possible that they didn't know each other at all and one fell on top of the other.

It seemed that when the western world saw the haunting photograph, it was sensationalized as a story of a tragic romance between two lovers, rather than the story of extremely poor working conditions, slave wages, and the rampant corruption that capitalism produces. These factory workers were making clothes for Walmart, Jcpenney, and The Children's Place. These companies were profiting heavily off of this cheap labor and these unsafe working conditions. I can only imagine how many people romanticized the tragedy as they looked, read speculations, and failed to really understand the reasons Rana Plaza collapsed that day on April 24th, 2013 killing over 1,000 Bangladeshi people and injuring thousands more.

Tragédie dans Bangladesh

Millions of people watched as the clothing factory filled with steam and stabbed fingers fell to the ground as two people were pushed together romantically intertwined o’er the illusion of hope and love non-existent, at 2 dollars a day.

The photograph of romance and diamond dust coated faces hit magazines at break neck speeds as we could smell the perfume coming off the pages, as we rubbed it all o’er ourselves, and dreamed of a romance to die for.

And easily we draped ourselves in the threads people died o’er and limbs covered phantom leg syndrome softly in our embrace

Tragédie, Tragédie

Par Le Bangladesh


Submitted: September 15, 2020

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Criss Sole

I am really glad you wrote about this. It came and went in the news, and i think most of us have forgotten. I know i did.
I found more about the story on youtube, and it is so heartbreaking.
This story is not something that should be dismissed and forgotten.
Thanks so much for writing about this and bringing awareness.

Sun, September 20th, 2020 5:54am

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Thank you so much for saying that and for reading. Yes, it did kind of come and go in the news, which is astonishing considering the magnitude of what happened. And you're right, it shouldn't be dismissed or forgotten.
It's so awful what happened as a result of corporate greed and the exploitation of poor people.

It's unbelievable how much of the world is enslaved by corporations because of the cult of capitalism. The leaders of big brand companies such as Wal-Mart know, without a doubt, that they can increase profit by lowering overhead as much as possible without causing diminishing returns. Reducing labor burden (or the basic cost of having an employee) is the best way to increase profit. So, of course, companies like Wal-Mart barely pay their retail workers anything in North America and they pay manufacturers overseas to produce their products at a low cost. Then they use the money that they pull out of laborers pockets to sell cheaply made products to consumers at 400% markups.

If the public fails to understand that capitalism always results in dehumanizing working conditions that create horrible tragedies such as Rana Plaza, not much will ever change.

Mon, September 21st, 2020 2:54am

leilajoon

I remember that day. That was no accident. The workers were murdered by those who used their cheap and oppressed work force and deliberately put them in danger.
It wasn't a crime by a single employer or a group of factory owners, it was a crime by a system which condenms the overwhelming majority of people to working and living in slave like conditions.

Sun, September 20th, 2020 2:25pm

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Hi Leilajoon,

Firstly, thank you for reading and commenting. I totally agree with you. It was absolutely murder. The profits were more important than anything. Corporations like to cover their connections to slave labor and unsafe working conditions through long series of "middle-men" so they don't have to take responsibility for what happens to the people they employ. They're basically using the bystander effect in the most disgusting way possible.

Mon, September 21st, 2020 3:04am

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