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.”
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.