You must know that the news of the Bangladeshi factory collapse has broken my heart. I’ve been thinking on it for the past couple of days and wondering how a people group has ever become so dispensable for the sake of cheap clothes.
As most of you know I spent a week in Bangladesh in January with Food for the Hungry. I logged my journey for you to follow along. Here are all of the posts in case you missed them.
Almost 400 people died in a horriffic factory collapse four days ago. It’s thought that while about 2500 people got out, there could be nearly 1000 still trapped inside. I’ll let you google it all to get more news. Sufficed to say…it’s heartbreaking.
And having seen Bangladesh, I can say…the conditions for working are horrendous. People work for pennies. I rode in rickshaws for like 15 cents, bought fancy shoes for just $7, and gorgeous fabrics for just like $3/yd. And here…check the tags of your clothes…if they’re not made in China, chances are high that what’s on your back, came from the breaking of backs in Bangladesh.
People matter. Bangladeshi people matter. And while we all want to save a dollar on what we buy here in the States, I have to say, that I for one can’t not care what’s happening on the other end of the threads that I’m wearing anymore or the goods that I’m consuming. If we don’t care…and if we demand cheap goods, then at some point we Americans must be willing to recognize that our desire for more …for cheap…is coming at the expense of human lives elsewhere.
And I’m just not ok with that.
Maybe you think you can’t make a difference…and I’m not sure how I’m going to either….but I will. And I will do it because people matter to Jesus…and people matter to me. It has to start at least with awareness and consciousness when I make purchases. For one…maybe start with sponsoring a child in Bangladesh. Give someone a chance to live better than slaving for next to nothing in a factory that will collapse on them.
I don’t know what else to tell you to do…but please, don’t just do nothing.