Then The Sky Crashed Down Upon Us

Annalisa Natali Murri



One year after the RanaPlaza tragedy still hundreds of people suffer from invisible, intangibles wounds. Trauma is a normal response to a disaster like this, but still too many people suffer panic attacks or memory losses, hear continuously mourning voices imploring help or even see dead workers laying beside them. Although I'm still alive, Rana Plaza changed the course of my life - says a survivor. His conditions are common to hundreds of victims and their relatives, who are still unable to recover physically and, especially, psychologically from the trauma.The tragedy and pain are far from over.

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  • Everything was vibrating, as in a earthquake, there was dust and smoke everywhere", says Md. Rahat, who saved himself by jumping from the building

  • Aklima was hit by a severe post-traumatic syndrome. She tells about her enormous difficulty in resuming a normal life

  • Many of those who survived, as this man who lost his daughter, feel either intense guilt or suffer from depression because they cannot imagine their futures anymore

  • A group of women in Bank Colony waiting their turn to talk with social operators

  • A girl trying to remember that day while talking with a counselor. Few NGOs are following psychologically traumatized survivors enlisting them to rehabilitation programs, though the issue is largely underestimated

  • Many survivors are still facing insomnia, memory losses, depression, flashbacks, fear, sadness, depression, panick attacks and disorientation

  • A man with his daughters wandering through the ruins of Rana Plaza, in Savar

  • “I dreamt about my husband calling my name. I thought he was alive. But they found his body lifeless after 17 days. It was like dying” (Sheuly, 26)

  • Aklima's mind erased everything she experienced during the collapse. She feels lost and bewildered. Her senses are no longer connected with reality

  • At Rana Plaza ground zero many people, relatives of the victims, daily honor the memory of their loved ones. Someone is still digging with bare hands even after one year, to find any traces among the rubbles

  • Massud Rana in a one-to-one talk with a NGO volunteer. He's trying to get rid of his fears, as that of indoor spaces and multi-storey buildings

  • Many family members keep on coming to the building site to mourn their loved ones, as as if they fear they will be forgotten

  • A woman holding her sister's working card, ascertaining she was working at Rana Plaza. Her body hasn't been found yet

  • Jamila lost her daughter. She wanders alone every day, always ending up to Rana Plaza ground zero, where the body of Sheyla is still resting