In 2013 the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory outside Dkaha killed 1,129 people. Subsequently, Bangladesh faced pressure from the international community to buttress regulation of the garment sector. This has led to an increase in factory inspections in the world’s second largest exporter of textiles. Still, the lack of regulation outside the industrialized economy has not been addressed.
The fabrics produced in this village are dyed by children between the ages of 10 and 12. Their days are spent dipping raw textiles into scalding hot chemicals, before hanging them out to dry along this road.
Following 2L year Diana Nielsen, CLS ’16, decided to take time off from law school to gain development experience in Southeast Asia. During her time off, she’s worked with the UN Office on Drugs & Crime, the UN Development Programme, Deloitte Consulting, and the One Acre Fund in Bangkok and Yangon. Diana has been based in Yangon for the past 11 months.