Bodies streaming down beautiful fabric rolls Lightning fast Crackle boom Devastation and morning counting the fallen Looking for the lost Dust flying Rubble and ashes everywhere There’s a child motherless A father missing A son searching Police holding family members at bay Tears drenching the streets Cries and wails Sounds of mourning And there’s a stench The smell of death Pouring in from everywhere Can’t make a way through that unforgettable smell Instilling itself within nostrils of those already in pain For another man’s gain Factory owners ignored warnings to protect their workers Workers driven to work to provide for their family As Shaheena said, “Some of us did not want to work fearing something might happen, but the garment factory people told us that we had to join our work otherwise we will lose our jobs.” That’s not a disaster, its homicide Companies ignoring threats to turn a profit Valuing dollars over lives And now they expressing their condolences Spokesmen paid to face the news Sitting in board rooms organizing a way to avoid public contempt Such an embarrassment When business should be conducted with good ethics Business requires integrity Most of these companies simply have dollars but no values
The Primark Factory Collaspe disaster really hit a cord with me. I have previously worked jobs where I went in sick, hurt, and worked my behind off all while feeling as if I didn’t matter. These jobs made me feel like nothing but a number towards their bottom line yet I worked them because I had bills and a need to live to I needed the money. My heart mourns for those affected by this disaster the the utter disregard for human life these factory owners displayed by ignoring the warnings. I pray that they are held accountable for their actions.