MEET THE PEOPLE

During their visit of the shipbreaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh, in September 2010, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform staff met with the people working in one of the most dangerous industries in the world. This is their story.

Edris

Edris

On 11 April 2015, the worker Edris was severely injured while dismantling the “Eurus London” (IMO 9015321) on the beaches of Chittagong at Ferdous Steel yard. The worker was hit by sharp steel parts from the propeller of the ship. He suffered a… More

Arif2

Arif, 27 years old (deceased)

“My second son Arif started working in a shipbreaking yard where he risked his life every day to sustain the lives of his family. Today, we are alive, but my dearest son Arif is no longer with us,” Firoza Begum, says with tears… More

Prasants parents

Prasant, 27 years old (deceased)

On 22 September 2014, 27-year old worker Prasant Dakua was killed while working on the beached vessel “King Justus” in Alang, India. The Platform has reported his case in the South Asia Quarterly Update #3. The official explanation was that Prasant had fallen… More

Selim (deceased)

On 25 July 2013, a shipbreaking worker named Muhammed Selim was severely injured while working at Ziri Subedar shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. A heavy iron piece hit his back when it crashed down on to the beach as no adequate safety measures… More

Nezamuddin

Nezamuddin, 35 years old

Nezam regularly suffers from skin diseases and infections as he has to lie on the bed for most of the time in a humid climate. Also sitting in a wheelchair has become painful. “Money cannot give back my mobility. But I want justice… More

Ibrahim

Ibrahim, 15 years old

While working on the shipbreaking yard owned by the ARL Group close to Chittagong, 15 year old Ibrahim was struck by a falling steel plate which crushed his leg. The boy and his foreman shouted for help, but nobody heard them for a… More

Taslim - picture taken by Patrizia in 2014

Taslim

On 3 July 2014, the young labourer Taslim and his colleagues were working the nightshift in Legend Holdings shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda, close to Bangladesh’s major port city Chittagong. It is 4 o’clock in the morning and the men are cutting and carrying… More

Kader in his village

Kader, 16 years old

Kader, 16 years old, is lean and small. He seems to be much younger. Up until last year, Kader went to school and managed to finish class 8. But when his father was sent to jail by a powerful shipbreaker – based on… More

Morshed Ali Khan – Special Correspondent, The Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Interview by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform Why is the shipbreaking issue so important for Bangladeshi journalists? Ship breaking is a massive operation actually hidden behind all sorts of shady deals. We did not know much about it until large number of poor workers… More

Md. Hannan

Md. Abdul Hannan, 40 years old

“I came to the shipbreaking yards for work in 1995. We were experiencing drought in my home district of Nator, in North Bangladesh. We were not able to get crops or any production for four years. I was the eldest in the family… More