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August 16, 2013

Industry's Victims in Bangladesh

International attention has been focused on workers' safety in Bangladesh since the disaster at Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex which collapsed in April, killing 1,132 workers. As concern runs high about the safety of garment workers, Reuters photographer Andrew Biraj spent time photographing survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse and also documenting the lives of workers in other industries in Bangladesh, where conditions can be hazardous. -Reuters (21 photos total)

Jesmin, a 25-year-old survivor from the collapsed Rana Plaza Building, lies on a bed at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar, Bangladesh on June 4. Jesmin suffers from a spinal injury and is waiting for surgery.The April 24 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka with several illegal floors, killed 1,132 workers and focused international attention on sometimes lax safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters)

Workers sort clothes at a garment factory near the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh on June 16. At least five different Bangladesh agencies have dispatched teams to start inspecting the country's thousands of garment factories, but there has been little coordination between them.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

A relative pours water on 25-year-old Rojina's head at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar, Bangladesh June 4. Rescue workers, who pulled Rojina from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, had to amputate part of her arm to rescue her. More than four million people, mostly women, work in Bangladesh's clothing sector, which is the countryís largest employment generator, with annual exports worth $21 billion.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A worker carries a stack of clothes in a garment factory near the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh June 16.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Mustafizur (L) tries to comfort his wife Rebecca, 20, a garment worker rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in Dhaka on July 3. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A man works in a stone crushing factory at Burimari in Lalmonirhat district, Bangladesh on July 9. The stone crushing industry in the Burimari land port area of Lalmonirhat, in the north of Bangladesh, produces lime powder for various industrial purposes. According to a report by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, those working in the industry run the risk of contracting silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Momin Ali, 26, shows an x-ray film of his lungs inside his house at Burimari in Lalmonirhat district, Bangladesh July 9. Ali says he suffers from silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust, as he used to work in a stone crushing factory for two and half years. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A worker helps his colleague to lift a bucket of limestone as they work in a stone crushing factory at Burimari in Lalmonirhat district, Bangladesh July 9. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A worker's sandals are seen inside a stone crushing factory at Burimari in Lalmonirhat district, Bangladesh July 9. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Montu Mia, 40, lies on a bed as he describes the condition of his lungs inside his house in Burimari in Lalmonirhat district, Bangladesh July 9. Montu Mia says he suffers from silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust as he used to work in a stone crushing factory for five years.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A child packs up cigarettes in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 13. According to a 2012 study by US-based NGO, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, over 45,000 people in Bangladesh are employed in manufacturing inexpensive cigarettes known as bidis and this number includes many women and children working in household based establishments where they make low wages and live in poverty. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A worker crushes locally grown tobacco in a grinding machine in a small 'bidi' (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 11. A 2011 research paper about bidi workers in Bangladesh, published in the journal Tobacco Control, says that working conditions can involve poor ventilation and exposure to tobacco dust, which can cause a range of health problems including respiratory and skin diseases. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Workers fill up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small 'bidi' (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 13.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A child fills up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 13. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Children fill up empty cigarettes manually with locally grown tobacco in a small bidi (cigarette) factory at Haragach in Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 11.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Fazal Uddin, 80, lies on a bed as he suffers from asthma, in Haragach, Rangpur district, Bangladesh July 11. According to Uddin's family, he became sick as he used to work in a 'bidi' (cigarrette) factory for 8-10 years.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Workers use a makeshift ladder to board a boat as they come back to shore after finishing work at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh July 16. Bangladesh is dependent on ship-breaking for its domestic steel requirements. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

A worker welds part of a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh July 16, 2013. According to a report by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, around 30,000 workers are employed in the ship-breaking industry in Chittagong, a highly polluted coastal belt of around 20 km (12.4 miles), and environmental organizations have said that the number of accidents and casualties at the yard is believed to be the highest in the region. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Rasheda, 15, who used to work for Abul Khair Steel Mills Ltd, stands outside a ward of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Dhaka, July 4. Rasheda said she lost one of her hands and another one has been critically injured in an accident while working for the steel company in Chittagong, Bangladesh.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

A man works inside a wrecked section of a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh July 16. Bangladesh is dependent on ship-breaking for its domestic steel requirements. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Workers carry a long rope at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh July 16. International attention has been focused on workers' safety in Bangladesh since the disaster at Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex which collapsed in April, killing 1,132 workers.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#
 
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