We are not a statistic

Around 438 workers died after a garment factory collapsed at Savar Rana Plaza. Most of them are women. Savar Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24th April 2013 / Photo by Taslima Akhter

The most haunting, sad, tragic but at the same time the most romantic photo I have ever seen in my life. It’s like straight out of Shakespeare or a tragic movie where two people who love each other embrace themselves one last time, never letting go in the face of death.

The man’s tender loving embrace on the woman. He put his body in front of her, hoping to protect her from the falling concrete and steel. The tear of blood rolling down his face as if telling her, “I’m sorry.”

The photographer of the photo said it best, “Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.”

I hope the photo will remind the world that when they hear about a tragedy happening from the other side of the world those who have died are not some statistics or a number to gloss over. Those are people, who like us, have also dreamed, loved, smiled, and hoped for a better tomorrow.

Link to the Time article: http://time.com/3387526/a-final-embrace-the-most-haunting-photograph-from-bangladesh/#1