Bangladesh collapse survivor gives up garment work
SAVAR, Bangladesh — The 19-year-old seamstress who spent 17 days trapped in the rubble of a collapsed factory building said Monday that she will never again work in a Bangladesh garment factory.
Reshma Begum was pulled in remarkably good shape from the wreckage of the eight-story Rana Plaza building on Friday.
In a low shaky voice, Begum recounted her ordeal.
On the morning of April 24, she heard there were cracks in the building and saw co-workers, mainly men, refusing to enter. The managers reassured them: “There is no problem. You do your work,” she said.
Soon after, the building crashed down around her.
‘’When it happened I fell down and was injured in the head heavily. Then I found myself in darkness,” she said. She tried to crawl to safety, but could not find a way out, she said.
She survived on four packets of cookies and some water, she said.
‘’Another person, a man, was near me. He asked for water. I could not help him. He died.“I never thought of coming back alive,” she said.