The Real Cost of Cheap Shirts

Mosammot Bulbuli is among the millions of people who work in Bangladesh’s factories that supply clothing to the rest of the world. She is also one of the thousands who were working in Rana Plaza in Savar five years ago when it collapsed. More than 1,100 people lost their lives; more than 2,000 were injured.

The survivors recount that moment in the same way: The lights failed in the first few minutes of the morning shift; then the generators kicked in, noisily; the walls shook; the ceiling crumbled and fell. Then bodies were everywhere. Next, total darkness.