GREENSBORO, N.C. — Factory workers from Bangladesh were in Greensboro Thursday as part of a national tour encouraging garment companies to commit to factory safety.
Akilma Khnam started working for a factory in Bangladesh when she was fourteen. She survived a building collapse last year that killed nearly 1200 people.
“The roof fell onto a machine near me, and the machine fell on me and I was crushed,” she told FOX8. “Three or four others were trapped with me, and they found us twelve hours later and took us to the hospital.”
Khnam was part of an 18-day trip to the United States traveling to promote the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a commitment between brands and Bangladeshi factory unions to implement better conditions.
They want to improve fire safety standards and address structural concerns at the 4,000 factories in Bangladesh. They have the support of 16 universities, and 150 companies have signed the Accord.