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by Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com
11/28/12 According to the HERALD SUN, "CLOTHES made for rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs' fashion line have been found in the ash of a deadly factory fire. Activist urged Combs to push for better working conditions after revealing clothing for his fashion line was made in the Bangladeshi factory where 112 staff died in a fire. Labour rights campaigners shot and distributed dozens of images of labelled clothes inside the gutted remains of the Tazreen Fashion factory, where the ferocious blaze took hold late on Saturday. "We found clothing of ENYCE (Combs's label) and Faded Glory (a Walmart range)," Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity, told AFP on Tuesday. She said that clothes also made for German discount line KiK, US firm Dickies, True Desire of Sears, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and several other Western brands had been identified in the burnt-out ruins. ENYCE and Combs, who was formerly known as Puff Daddy, were not immediately available for comment. But Walmart, European chain C&A and Hong Kong supplier Li & Fung have been among companies confirming they had clothes made at the factory. "We are sure that Mr Combs will be as shocked as we are to find that his company is implicated in such an horrific tragedy," said Liz Parker of the Clean Clothes Campaign, an Amsterdam-based textile rights group. "We urge him to use his influence to make sure clothing factories are safe places for people to work."
The fire at Tazreen Fashion brings the total of workers that have died in factory fires in Bangladesh since 2006 to around 700, according to the group. Witnesses of Saturday night's blaze told how desperate workers, most of them women, cried for help and several leaped to their deaths from upper floors as they tried to escape. German retailer KiK was also a major client of a factory in Pakistan where a fire killed 289 people in September this year. It has agreed to pay more than $US1.2 million ($1.15 million) in compensation to victims."
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