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News Summary: Bangladesh fire victims want jobs

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The Associated Press | December 3, 2012 02:05 PM EST | AP


SAD REALITY: More than 1,200 workers at the Bangladesh garment factory gutted in a fire last month that killed 112 people have no work and few prospects, and many want their old jobs back.

LIMITED OPTIONS: Almost one-third of Bangladesh's 150 million people live in extreme poverty, and garment work is one of the few paths to a stable income, especially for young, uneducated rural women.

UNCLEAR OUTLOOK: The government is giving 200,000 takas ($2,500) to the families of those who died in the fire and 50,000 takas to the injured, while uninjured workers will get their November wages. It is not yet clear when, or even if, the factory will be rebuilt.