Bangladeshi rescuers retrieve garment worker Reshma from the rubble of a collapsed building in Savar on May 10, 2013, seventeen days after the eight-storey building collapsed. The death toll from last month's collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose past 1,000 as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter.

The seamstress in the rubble

Saeed Ahmed and Leone Lakhani, CNN
The concept of purgatory isn't familiar to most Bangladeshis. But the way Reshma describes her 17 harrowing days, buried underground under 700 tons of concrete and steel, it's an apt one.

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