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I’m sure the world was shocked when they heard that a large building collapsed, killing 400 and leaving some hundred still under the rubble, I was not surprised.

Why?

Because something like this is expected in countries in Asia. Buildings collapse in America, Japan or Europe because of earthquakes or a tornado. In Asia, buildings will collapse because of a bomb or shoddy construction. On my recent visit I saw the state of the buildings and wondered how long they would last. These buildings are made using cheap workers who are untrained, underpaid and who work under harsh conditions.

It was only a matter of time before they fell and drew the attention of the world to what are the major problems in Bangladesh: reliability, trust and…

Due to a lack of these important qualities important for a country to build and progress on, Bangladesh is in the state that it’s in. The people bad mouth the politics in the country and with the recent struggle between political groups, the call for better pay and working conditions has come at a good time.

What is the country willing to do to make its people happy? This is yet to be seen. Laws on work and health and safety are just one of many things the country needs to fix up on. Freedom of speech, educational resources, clean living and working conditions, religious practice, work for women…and the list goes on.

Some may say that the country is new and still learning its ways (the Bangladesh Liberation War took place in 1971, not long after the partitions from the British Indian Empire took place in 1947 and the Bengal’s suffered discrimination between these years). But with a country containing 160 million people, the way in which the country is run needs to change to address issues in poverty and the legal system.

My post on my recent visit to Bangladesh had a picture of the garment workers on the street, going to the factories:

Can you see the fleet of workers outside the car? They are all workers for Marks & Spencer (M&S) clothing department. There is a large factory in Dakha where they all work.

Can you see the fleet of workers outside the car? They are all workers for Marks & Spencer (M&S) clothing department. There is a large factory in Dakha where they all work.

I’m happy about the fact that the workers are finally saying ‘NO MORE’ to slave labour is a proud moment for the people and country. The fact that people are speaking out and are desperate to be heard after facing all the injustices that they have, is something that is long overdue.

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