Bangladesh fire victims' families wait for money
‘‘I am just waiting. They told me to wait until end of this month for the test result,’’ he said.
Activists criticized the government, the garment industry and the factory for keeping important information secret, including the names of the victims of the fire and who has received compensation.
‘‘Who died, who got compensated, who not? We don’t have any clear idea,’’ said Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. ‘‘There should not be any plot to play hide-and-seek.’’
She said the major Western brands that produced clothing in the factory have a responsibility to come to Bangladesh to check on the compensation situation. She also raised concerns about the DNA testing process.
‘‘We don’t know why it’s taking too much time. If time is required, fine, but there should be proper reasons ... that should be explained,’’ she said.
Ahedul, a mechanic who lost his wife in the fire but could not identify her body, said he has no idea what is happening with his claim.
‘‘I have been asked to stay calm by the BGMEA,’’ said Ahedul, who uses only one name. ‘‘They told me they will come to me. I don’t need to go to them.’’