Maria Suleiman’s son, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the time of his death, and the principal earner in a family of four, and had worked at the factory for nearly eight years. They never found his body.
This is from a series of stories about the families of the victims of the Ali Enterprises garment factory who died in the factory fire on September 11, 2012. The stories explore the consequences of state supported erosion of labor rights, and a reluctance to check and enforce employee benefits and protections. A state of affairs that leaves tens of thousands working in one of Pakistan’s largest industries in conditions of deep economic and social fragility, and overt economic exploitation.
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