Ramzan Yaqoob

 (Asim Rafiqui)Ramzan Yaqoob lost his brother Shahid (24) in the fire of 11 September 2012. Shahid had worked at the factory for about 10 years, and was, at the time of his death, earning around Rs. 9000 a month.

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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