Survivor quits garment work

Reshma Begum, the 19-year-old seamstress who spent 17 days trapped in the rubble of a collapsed factory building, adjusts her shawl as she meets the media at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, May 13, 2013. Begum said Monday that she will never again work in a Bangladesh garment factory. Nearly three weeks after the Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed, the search for the dead ended Monday at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry. The death toll: 1,127. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

A.M. Ahad

— 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.