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Too young to withstand the shock

Two men, holding in their arms their one-year-old baby sons, yesterday show the photos of their wives, who perished in the Tazreen fashions fire on Saturday. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Mizan and Masum are cousins: too young to understand what took away their mothers late Saturday night.

Mizan, 11 months old, and Masum, 18 months old, are now too exhausted to cry for their mothers. They were leaning against their fathers' shoulders like statues.

Both depended on mother's milk.

Almost a week had gone by since their mothers went to work at Tazreen Fashions factory in Ashulia and did not return.

Mizan's mother Mitu's body was lined up among other bodies at Nishchintapur Primary School ground Sunday morning while Masum's mother Mahfuza is missing.

Mahfuza is presumed to be among the 53 dead whose bodies were charred beyond recognition. The unidentified were buried in Jurain graveyard.

Mitu and Mahfuza had been working at Tazreen for the last two years. They married Saddam Hossain and Abdul Jabbar, brothers.

The widowers were wandering from one end to the other of Nishchintapur village yesterday looking blankly and holding their sons close to their chests.

Ruins and wreckage of the burnt factory are what they now roam around in gloom and despair in search for help.

"We do not know how we will lead the rest of our lives with the motherless kids," said Saddam, "We have to work for survival without anyone to take care of our poor sons."

The brothers came from Bhurungamari of Kurigram looking for livelihoods in the capital more than half a decade ago and got jobs as garment workers in Nishchintapur of Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital.

Jabbar married Mahfuza around six years ago while Saddam took Mitu as wife five years ago. They had been living in the same neighbourhood ever since.

"My son is missing his mother and has stopped eating…he refuses to go to anyone else," said Saddam, adding, "I am now penniless… I had to spend all my money to take my wife's body to Rangpur for burial…I can't afford to feed him."

"I can neither leave my son with anyone nor can I go to work," said Saddam, who works at a nearby garment factory.

Jabbar said his son too has stopped eating as Mahfuza used to feed her son and play with him during breaks while at work.

"What do we do now?" he said.

At least 111 garments workers perished at the factory Saturday night in the worst industrial fire in the country.

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RMG is a beautiful industry and it can bring everlasting prosperous livelihood instead of bringing dead bodies to our families if we all looked at the industry one more time and possibly the last. It is a sophisticated industry which has style and it can bring name and fame to the country in virtually all departments. From the highest quality education system to best cultural entertainment circle for every one of us is including the foreigners. Around it can grow a sustainable tourism industry.

But at the same time it can pollute our whole echo system from pumping waste material from poisonous dye and chemicals including some of the most harmful acids. From illegal prostitution supporting the industry at all levels, with come use of drugs & alcohol, social demographic changes, pressure of city economics, and virtually it creates huge pressure on every branches of our livelihood including the infrastructure surrounding us.

Time has come to shift the whole industry to specific zones where seaports are nearby; proper road connections are available and can be built in the near future. We need to upgrade our airlines to provide better & efficient cargo service as the sector will be growing at an unprecedented rate. So does the need of leadership growth around it; but question is can we trust BGMEA and BKMEA only? These two organisation grown too powerful and looks like their black and slippery hands can penetrate at all levels including politicians, bureaucrats, and law & justice delivering system in this country. They also have huge control on our media which tends to publish their version on positive outlook only. Time has come to put some serious thought behind it. Some of these industrialist becoming too politician than the politicians themselves when they attend those talk-shows, some of them even behave like bureaucrat than the bureaucrats themselves and when come to law & justice they are even more god than the God himself. We must go for complete overhaul of this monopoly and restructure the system completely.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

These toddlers are too young to loose their mothers. Growing up without mothers' love would be tough and traumatic for these young minds.

: Dev Saha


  • sharif ahmed
    Friday, November 30, 2012 02:20 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Ignore our politician. They are always busy about themselves. Let’s take the responsibility and help this people. May Allah give them patient to survive.

  • Barkat
    Friday, November 30, 2012 03:05 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Please keep the comments brief so that the news is not overshadowed.

  • Mushfiq
    Friday, November 30, 2012 03:08 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Heart breaks, kids will miss their mother's affection forever.

  • Md. Bashir
    Friday, November 30, 2012 07:03 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Children of the deceased should be taken care of under BGMEA authority because of humanitarian ground. It would be mere consolation for them when they will grow up and when they will not find their beloved mother around them. It is also right that nothing can compensate for this irreparable loss they are facing at the beginning of their life. But if they can grow up with proper care, the BGMEA authority will get rid of the mental agony they are carrying now in their heart.





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