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Fire at Garment Factory Highlights the Worst Working Conditions in Bangladesh

[ePrayer – Pray for Bangladesh fire victims]

The blaze on Saturday was one of the deadliest fires at a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh which killed at least 112 people and highlighted how its garment factories often ignore safety in the rush to supply major retailers in the U.S. and Europe. More than 300 people have died over the past six years in garment factory fires in the country. Survivors of the weekend fire said an exit door was locked, fire extinguishers did not work and apparently they were there just to impress inspectors, and that when the fire alarm went off, bosses told workers to return to their sewing machines. Victims were trapped or jumped to their deaths from the eight-story building, which had no emergency exits. Labour leaders hope outrage over the latest disaster will prompt change and the government will do more to punish factories for safety lapses.

Bangladesh has around 4,500 garment factories and is the world’s biggest exporter of clothing after China, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports. [Associated Press]

Pray for Bangladesh fire victims:

  • Pray for the survivors and those who lost their family members in the fire. May God’s comfort and peace be with them.
  • Pray that the government will learn the lessons, implement the laws strictly and make the enterprises be responsible.
  • Pray for improved working conditions and decent jobs in Bangladesh. Pray that the workers’ rights are respected.
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