Update on the Bangladesh building collapse


The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh. [ILO]

More than 700 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when an 8-story factory building collapsed in Bangladesh on the 24th of April. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Bangladeshi Red Crescent are deeply involved in the rescue efforts, working with the army and the fire brigade during the emergency. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

Deputy Head of Peacekeeping travelled to Afghanistan

Edmond Mulet (left) being interviewed by UNAMA's Tilak Pokharel

Edmond Mulet, the Deputy Chief of UN Peacekeeping, travelled to Afghanistan recently to assess the future role of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA). In his first ever visit to Afghanistan, Mr. Mulet said the UN had to rally the international community in support of Afghanistan and to remind Member States that all the goals set for the country have not yet been attained. In this interview with UNAMA’s Tilak Pokharel, Mr. Mulet says his visit was extremely productive and has helped him to understand better the circumstances of the country and the way the mission works.

Tackling bonded labour in Tamil Nadu, India

Child making bricks.

In India’s Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region’s many brick kilns. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), while this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of falling into ‘debt bondage’ because they cannot leave the worksite until they repay the advance in full. To improve the situation, the ILO is working with the government and employers, and showing workers how they can take more control of their own lives. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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