ForeverMissed

Memorial Page to Khorshed Alam, Executive Director of Alternative Movement for Resources and Freedom Society (AMRF), friend to many many people throughout the globe and advocate and supporter of all workers in Bangladesh and beyond.

 

Read about his professional life under "His Life"

You can also access the facebook memorial page here.

Posted by Juliette Li on November 17, 2020
Eight years have passed. When I think of Khorshed, I can still see his smiling face among his friends and colleagues. All these sunny days in Bangladesh, when we talked about how to change the world. If I meet Khorshed again in one of these days, what would I say to him?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
Posted by Juliette Li on November 18, 2019
On 14 November 2012, Khorshed and I had a skype call. That was the last time I saw Khorshed, though through the internet. During the call, Khorshed told me not to worry about funding. He said, working for the people is his duty. 

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist." --------- Robert Schumann
Posted by Juliette Li on November 17, 2018
It was just like yesterday when we had lunch at Koshed's office. China made my favourite dal soup and stir-fried pumpkin leaves. Koshed said to us, people don't need much. We all should should be aware of that. I said I would be happy if I could eat pumpkin leaves everyday. Everyone laughed out loud.
When I left Bangladesh, Koshed gave me a small pack of pumpkin seeds. He said, when spring comes, sow it in your garden. And you will harvest happiness.
"The life of the death is placed in the memory of the living. "
Posted by Kees Manintveld on November 27, 2012
Khorshed came into my life very recently through professional e-mail contacts. It was all the more shocking that he passed away so suddenly. Hopefully, there will be a moment to learn more of him as an activist for equality.
Posted by Natasha Ahmad on November 24, 2012
Khorshed Alam and I worked together and I remember him as a strong person with strong opinion and innovative ideas. He was a person who stood up against violence against women and humanity. I will miss him always.
Posted by Erica van Doorn on November 23, 2012
Khorsed has been a great inspiration for staff of Fair Wear Foundation and we are very grateful for having worked together with him. Thank you for living your life in such a meaningful way. You will be missed dearly.
Posted by Marcella K on November 22, 2012
A video shot a couple of years ago of Clean Clothes Campaign's close partner and friend Khorshed Alam, who died suddenly and much too young last week. It is committed, courageous people like Khorshed that make CCC such a strong and dynamic network.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTcuEAJojdw
Posted by Karmojibi Nari on November 21, 2012
Karmojibi Nari expresses its great condolence to the sudden death of Khorshed Alam, Executive Director of AMRF.
KN lost an activist and fried in the way of its journey to establish the workers rights and dignity.
KN will miss him.
Posted by nasreen begum on November 21, 2012
I was very shocked to hear such a sad news, the death news of Khorshed Bhai. I met him for the first time at CCC Conference in Turkey. I talked for several times about the research on sandblasting in Bangladesh.
Posted by Franziska Humbert on November 21, 2012
I am shocked to hear about his death. He was such a committed and outstanding person, full of joy and compassion. His death is a true loss for all of us who know him and workers around the globe. It is for us now to continue what he has started and bring about more justice for workers.

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Posted by Juliette Li on November 17, 2020
Eight years have passed. When I think of Khorshed, I can still see his smiling face among his friends and colleagues. All these sunny days in Bangladesh, when we talked about how to change the world. If I meet Khorshed again in one of these days, what would I say to him?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
Posted by Juliette Li on November 18, 2019
On 14 November 2012, Khorshed and I had a skype call. That was the last time I saw Khorshed, though through the internet. During the call, Khorshed told me not to worry about funding. He said, working for the people is his duty. 

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist." --------- Robert Schumann
Posted by Juliette Li on November 17, 2018
It was just like yesterday when we had lunch at Koshed's office. China made my favourite dal soup and stir-fried pumpkin leaves. Koshed said to us, people don't need much. We all should should be aware of that. I said I would be happy if I could eat pumpkin leaves everyday. Everyone laughed out loud.
When I left Bangladesh, Koshed gave me a small pack of pumpkin seeds. He said, when spring comes, sow it in your garden. And you will harvest happiness.
"The life of the death is placed in the memory of the living. "
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Shared by Sjef Stoop on December 1, 2012

The first time I met Khorshed, who woud be my guide to all kind of stakeholders in the Bangladeshi garment industry, he took me quite by surprise. We sat talking and - he- smoking, and I was all the time wondering what kind of program he would have arranged for that day and the days to follow. None, it turned out. He guessed I would be tired and jet-lagged after a long flight, so he just came to pay me a visit to welcome me and make me feel at home. That was typical of Khorshed, as I learned later on. Always putting the personal and human dimension first. And he did not need planning; he had his mobile phone and could call almost everyone to arrange a meeting any time. This was one of the most amazing aspects of his personality: how he could move through all layers of society and connect with all kind of stakeholders in the highly politicised world of the garment industry in Bangladesh; never forgetting that it al came down to what we could do to improve the situation of the garment workers.
With that same ease he moved through town when Dhaka was once again struck by a hartal and all meetings had to be cancelled because no-one deared to go outside. By using 4 or 5 riksja rides, he came all the way to my hotel, just to spend some time with me (utterly bored staying in the hotel for days on end).
He will be missed by many, many people. I will miss him.
Sjef Stoop, FWF verification officer for Bangladesh 2002-2007.