Precarious Labor

An Escape From Darkness

The streets dance with life and all its accompanying consequences. I step over carpets of litter, jump past pools of sewage as small children play pick-up games of cricket and football all around me. The narrow alleys leave little room

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An Escape From Darkness

The streets dance with life and all its accompanying consequences. I step over carpets of litter, jump past pools of sewage as small children play pick-up games of cricket and football all around me. The narrow alleys leave little room

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Rehana Ali, Baldia Town, Karachi

“Where are the bodies?” The words are thrust out of her throat with great effort, and between deep, heaving breaths. Her children’s bodies were never recovered from the site of the accident, nor found at the hospital or the morgue.

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Rehana Ali, Baldia Town, Karachi

“Where are the bodies?” The words are thrust out of her throat with great effort, and between deep, heaving breaths. Her children’s bodies were never recovered from the site of the accident, nor found at the hospital or the morgue.

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Syed Azmat Ali, Baldia Town, Karachi

As we approach the building, the men accompanying me lower their voices. There is a small crowd standing in the alleyway. They stare at us as we push past, but no one says anything. They know why we have come.

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Syed Azmat Ali, Baldia Town, Karachi

As we approach the building, the men accompanying me lower their voices. There is a small crowd standing in the alleyway. They stare at us as we push past, but no one says anything. They know why we have come.

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Mohammad Mehrab, Baldia Town, Karachi

“I need to tell you more about my mother.” Mehrab’s voice sounds irritated. “She isn’t just this corpse you have come to ask about.” I feel the sting of his reprimand. We are walking through the streets of the neighborhood

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Mohammad Mehrab, Baldia Town, Karachi

“I need to tell you more about my mother.” Mehrab’s voice sounds irritated. “She isn’t just this corpse you have come to ask about.” I feel the sting of his reprimand. We are walking through the streets of the neighborhood

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Rashida Bibi, Baldia Town, Karachi

The photograph Rashida Bibi hands me is faded, scratched and frayed. Light leaks streak across a scene that shows four people – Rahima Bibi, her husband Mohammad Nasser, her son Mehrab and her mother Rashida, sitting together, smiling and laughing

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Rashida Bibi, Baldia Town, Karachi

The photograph Rashida Bibi hands me is faded, scratched and frayed. Light leaks streak across a scene that shows four people – Rahima Bibi, her husband Mohammad Nasser, her son Mehrab and her mother Rashida, sitting together, smiling and laughing

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An Inevitable Short Sightedness

What was perhaps most surprising was the short-sightedness of the community and official response to the Baldia Factory fire accident. Certainly monies were immediately made available for the survivors of the affected families, but it was the nature of this

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An Inevitable Short Sightedness

What was perhaps most surprising was the short-sightedness of the community and official response to the Baldia Factory fire accident. Certainly monies were immediately made available for the survivors of the affected families, but it was the nature of this

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On Structural Violence

One of the key issues I will raise in this work is the idea of Structural Violence and Structural Injustice. I want introduce these concepts here because their study will be a major part of the project ahead. It is

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On Structural Violence

One of the key issues I will raise in this work is the idea of Structural Violence and Structural Injustice. I want introduce these concepts here because their study will be a major part of the project ahead. It is

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