Suvo Bizoy is a nine year old boy living in Bangladesh. The factory collapse killed both of his parents. He witnessed his mother's body being pulled out of the debris. He goes back faithfully each day to mourn. Suvo is one of the estimated 3,000 children that lost at least one parent. He now lives with his aunt, Asma, notice her words. 
“His parents were Suvo’s life,” his aunt, Asma, says. “Now he has no one. He wakes at night crying for them.
“He comes here to the ruins every day. He says he feels close to them here. His father is still here somewhere and he wants to help find him. In reality we know there is nothing he can do.”
How does this affect us as consumers in America? Well when you walk into your favorite store do you think "A person across the work is suffering horrible work conditions in order for me to buy this shirt"? I know I don't. But the horrible truth is that this large demand that we are creating as consumers is putting others lives in danger.
Reshma worked as a seamstress in a garment factory in Savar,Bangladesh. When the building collapsed in on the 24th she was trapped in the rubble for 17 more days. She survived on dry food and water around her. Notice her thoughts below.
"No one heard me. It was so bad for me. I never dreamed I'd see the daylight again,"  she said.
Yes Reshma was rescued, however that does not change the fact that her life was put in danger. We depend on people like this to make our clothes and things however rarely do we think on the wellbeing of those people.
On April 24, 2013 an eight-story garment factory in Savar Bangladesh collapsed. The death toll climbed passed 1,000. The fault for this collapse was put on the poor construction of the large building. But why were people working in this factory? They were fulfilling the demand for the latest trends. This collapse was deemed the worst disaster in Bangladesh garment history. 

The worse? That means there was others. upon other research there were in fact other garment factory incidents in the earlier 2000's. In fact this collapse triggered a protest which resulted in a fire at another garment factory, killing at least 8 people.As companies like Forever 21 grow in the retail industry incidents like this become more likely to occur. In a since our demand for product here is a demand for stealing the rights and lives of others across the globe.


    My name is Symone and I am a senior at Science Leadership Academy. This blog was created to show the connection between the popularity of the retail industry and the price being paid for it.


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