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A dejected life- Part one


As I have passed my days I never expected such a situation like this. It was the most painful incident I have ever heard.
I went to the garment factory to an interview for my project. Her name was Saku who was 21 years old. I saw her with a thin body which has covered with full of sorrows in her face. I followed her for few hours. She went to the canteen to eat something, but she came back with empty hands. She went to the water sink and drank a cup of water. It was hard to move among the huge men and women in the canteen. She tried to go away from them near the water sink. She came to the corridor of the canteen. Looked right side and left side. Suddenly, I recognized that something has come to her mind. She went lastly to the work place and sat in front of the Juki machine. She started to do the same thing again and again. What is the same thing? She was sewing the clothes to export from a first class garment factory in Sri Lanka.
Without any food, from a cup of water she is trying to tight her life. A tear came out of her eyes and fell down on the cloth.
“What the hell is this? These are not napkins or serviettes to swipe out your tears. These are the clothes for developed countries people. So, do your job. Stop wetting the cloths.”
She felt that she fell down from her situation deeper. What can she does? She felt that there’s nothing to do instead of doing whatever the high positions are saying.
She tried to consider her thoughts in a position to do her job well. Though she was doing her job, I saw that there is a something in her mind which is screaming. I was analyzing what is that.
I will tell the rest of the situation from my next journal entry.


Thank you so much for sharing that story. It was very illuminating to se the situation thru your eyes and remember how many people and how many women are forced into unfair labor situations. Could you tell me a little more about your experience of Sri Lanka and labor rights when you get a chance? What are your interviews for?
Warmly in solidarity,

Maria de Chirikof's picture

fair trade

We try very hard to buy fair trade items to help stop this sort of thing from happening.

It reminded me of that movie Titanic where Rose is saying she feels like she is in the middle of the room screaming her head off and no one looks up, no one cares. So many of us do care and are supporting efforts to stop this so hopefully we can stop this kind of thing from happening to anyone again!

It is even worse then crying on the clothe when there are no more tears since Hope is lost. This is something we can restore with this space though, by sharing our stories and talking with each other! Little by little and working together we can change things.


champika's picture

My interviews for my school

My enterviews for my school project. It was about the market in the garment. Surely, i will tell many things which I have get from sri lanka.
Thanking for reading and commenting. I am greatful for you all.


Joan Bartos's picture

Beautifully moving account

Thank you, Champika, for sharing this very sad for very moving experience. The tears will live with that garment forever but your story of this young woman's difficulties will make us all work harder to change the world.

We must all be conscious of how ever act we undertake affects others and their lives. Everyone deserves dignity, respect, fair and safe working conditions, and decent wages.

Do not get discouraged by the difficulties but use them as reasons to work hard to change the world for the betterment of all. We must all do the same.
With warm thoughts and respect,
-Joan Bartos

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