Rana Plaza was the worst industrial disaster in history. Two years on, it's provoked sweeping changes -- although maybe not enough. Here are my notes on mental health, workers' rights, and the "miracles" of the factory collapse.
Mental Health Care for Disaster Survivors. In the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster, mental healthcare is a human right. bdnews24.com, 2 May 2013
The Falling and the Crushed: How Much Should We See? In 2001, a famous image called "the Falling Man" emerged from the World Trade Center disaster -- and horrified people. After Rana Plaza, an image of dead bodies became iconic. Should we be horrified again? Dhaka Tribune,10 May 2013
Reshma's Future: Wellness After Disaster. A girl emerges from the wreckage 17 days after it fell. What does her mind look like? Can we help her? bdnews24.com, 12 May 2013
What is a Woman Worth? In Bangladesh, brides' families must pay the grooms at the time of the wedding -- with disastrous effects. How the Rana Plaza disaster points out the failings in an oppressive tradition. bdnews24.com, 3 June 2013
Friendship, Death, and the Matthew Effect. Rana Plaza pulled us together and apart, ending things as we knew it. Dhaka Tribune,14 June 2013
Mental Health After Disaster: A Missed Opportunity in Bangladesh. A brief blog post on what should have happened, but didn't. Mental Illness Happy Hour, 11 March 2014
Cheap T-Shirts and Fundamentalism. On April 5, they protested against women in the workplace. On May 5, they held a violent riot for the same reason. In between, they risked their lives to save women at Rana Plaza. the Diplomat, 23 April 2014
Mental Health One Year After Rana Plaza. An update, one year after the fact. bdnews24, 23 April 2014
There are Still Broken Bones Buried Under Bangladesh's Collapsed Sweat Shop. After the WTC, victims were identified down to a single knuckle bone. After Rana Plaza, street children pulled skulls and femurs from the rubble. The heartbreak in discarded skeletons. Vice UK, 24 April 2014
Save Fulbright: Keep Our Cutting Edge Work. Why my work in Bangladesh could not have happened without the Fulbright, and why it matters. SaveFulbright.org, 24 April 2014
Children’s Mental Health Day and the Rana Plaza victims. A day to recognize that not every Rana Plaza victim had been born when the building fell. bdnews24, May 8, 2014
Reshma and the Miracle Hoax. Were 17 days in rubble impossible -- or a miracle? Or, in a manner of speaking, both? Beacon Reader, 20 April 2015
Fashion’s Now a Little Safer for the People Who Make the Clothes. Two years on, the situation is much better than it might have been. How safety inspections are helping some garment workers in Bangladesh. Next City, 22 April 2015
The Life You Cannot Save. The activists working on the Rana Plaza atrocity also helped a victim of the Tazreen factory fire -- but brought ethical complexities into her short life. A long-form piece following the death of Sumaya Khatun. Stir Journal, 30 May 2015.