Thousands of foreign workers died on construction sites in Qatar



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Thousands of Nepalese died working on construction sites for the World Cup in Qatar. According to the government of Nepal, between July 380 and July of this year, 296 workers passed away. In the last decade, since work began in the Arabian Peninsula country, more than 2,000 Nepalese workers have died. A survey of the English newspaper

, shows that if Bengalis, Sinhalese, Pakis and Indians are included, that number exceeds six thousand dead workers. in Qatar since 214.

In an interview with Jornal da Band, the family of a worker who went to work in the host country of the World Cup says that until now they do not know what happened to the relative and did not receive compensation. “The company didn’t tell us anything. It was his friends who called us one day and told us he was dead,” the victim’s father, Hiral Al Pasman, told reporter Yan Boechat.

Bir Bahadur Pasman died at 25 years on a construction site in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Official documents point to “asphyxiation by hanging”, but the family refutes this cause of death.

In the same report, the deputy secretary of the Foreign Work Committee of the Nepal government, Deepak Dhakal, points out that the real numbers should be up to twice as many as officially announced. “We don’t have the actual numbers of the dead because here we only have the records of the families of those killed in Qatar who come for help. Many don’t come”, he explains.

For their part, the government of Qatar and FIFA claim that, since the first allegations of mistreatment of foreign workers, reforms have been carried out in labor legislation.

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