Kevin Frayer's haunting portraits of women who survived the Bangladesh garment factory collapse
A haunting series of portraits of women who had limbs amputated after the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. It was the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry — 1,129 people were killed, and many others were grievously injured. Canadian photojournalist Kevin Frayer of The Associated Press photographed nine of these women in June 2013, as they recovered at Enam Medical College in Savar, Bangladesh. Their injuries are serious; the stories horrifying. As AP notes on its blog:
Arms and legs were trapped under the building rubble, forcing rescuers with no medical training to perform amputations on the spot to free the victims. No anesthesia was available. Some of the rescuers used butchers knives or hacksaws to cut through the flesh and save the trapped workers. Many of those freed are still recovering.
Bangladesh's government and garment manufacturers are campaigning to close dangerous factories and to make safety a priority for the country's most valuable export industry. But many in the government, the industry and the rescue workers said they would not be shocked if another terrible tragedy happened.
Mariyam, 30, worked on the 6th floor. She had her right arm amputated to free her after nearly 72 hours in the rubble.
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Sonia, 18, worked on the 6th floor. She had her right leg amputated to free her after nearly 48 hours in the rubble.
Laboni, 21, worked on the 4th floor. She had her left arm amputated inside the rubble after nearly 36 hours.
Rikta, 27, worked on the 3rd floor. She had her right arm amputated inside the rubble after nearly 72 hours.
Anna, 16, (seen with her prosthetic right arm) worked on the 5th floor. She had her right arm amputated to free her from the rubble after nearly 48 hours.
Labli, 25, worked on the 2nd floor. She had her left leg amputated to free her from the rubble after nearly 48 hours.
Pakhi, 25, worked on the 5th floor. She had both her legs amputated to free her from the rubble after nearly 72 hours.
Aroti, 16, worked on the 5th floor. She had her right leg amputated in hospital after she was rescued from the rubble nearly 72 hours.
Shahi Noor, 25, worked on the 6th floor. She had her right leg amputated to free her from the rubble on the day the building collapsed.