For Dabir’s Sake


PHOTO PROMPT © Priya Bajpal

Aleena let herself into the home she once shared with her teenage son, Dalir, her heart heavy. Leaning against the door for a moment, her misty eyes espied the table where she kept the shells Dabir collected. It was something he loved doing whenever he went to the beach.

A sob rose in her throat. Dabir was gone. He’d died in the fire at the factory where he worked because the exits were blocked. Today, the court ruled in favor of the company. She was bitterly disappointed but vowed, “I won’t give up. I’ll continue to fight for Dabir’s sake.”

100 Words

This story was inspired by a true event where a mother lost her teenage son in a factory fire because there was no where for him to exit.  The court ruled against her and the other plaintiffs although she believed that they had a strong case.   She felt that the German retailer KiK was responsible and should apologize.   Over 250 people died because the safety standards were blatantly violated by the factory owners.  The emergency exits were blocked or locked.

This was written for the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields For more details, visit Here.  To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.

Source:  DW

20 thoughts on “For Dabir’s Sake

    • When I read the story of the woman who lost her son, I was inspired to write a similar story about a mother. It’s sad that these types of things happen in real life. Hopefully something will be done to ensure the safety of workers so that these kinds of tragedies can be prevented. The real mother has been protesting for about six years. Like the fictional mother, she will continue to do what she needs to do.


    • Dear Rochelle,

      I know what you mean. The big companies don’t care about the little people. That mother should not have lost her son. There should have been safety measures in place. The exits should have been accessible. I really hope that something will be done to protect the workers moving forward. Thank you. When I read the story, I was inspired to write something similar just to raise awareness.


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