The Bangladesh Tragedy and Our Clothing Choices

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Comfort Yakubu owns her own sewing shop, earns a living wage, and works a healthy 40 hours a week as making clothes in the Fair Trade system for Global Mamas.

In marked contrast to most Bangladeshi clothing workers, Comfort Yakubu owns her own sewing shop in Ghana, earns a living wage, and works a healthy 40 hours a week making clothes in the Fair Trade system for Global Mamas.

A small bit of light came out of Bangladesh today in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse that has to date killed at least 244 people—most of them garment factory workers making clothes for US retailers. The CBC reports that 40 people have been found alive, and local rescue workers hope that number will rise as their efforts continue.

Perhaps the worst part of this story is the fact that police had ordered the Rana Plaza building to be shuttered a day before the collapse, due to deep, dangerous-looking cracks in the building’s structure. But the garment factory owners on the fourth floor of the building ignored…

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