At least 6500 foreign workers have died in the last decade while preparing Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup. The largest number of workers who died were from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
At least 6500 foreign workers have died in the last decade while preparing Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup. The largest number of workers who died were from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. A report claimed that since December 2010, when Qatar was selected for the 22nd FIFA World Cup, nearly 12 people from these countries died every week.
Most workers died due to falling from a height
Most of the workers died due to falling work at high altitudes. Many laborers died due to breathlessness due to hanging from a height. Most of the deaths are due to heart failure or suffocation. According to the report, Indian, Nepali and Bangladeshi workers constitute around 69% of those who died. After the death of workers in Qatar, the dead bodies were used only for post-mortem appearances. In this case, it is very difficult to find the cause of death.
The death toll of workers may be more
The Guardian has cited Qatar’s government sources claiming that these people died while building the infrastructure for the Football World Cup. The report said that the death toll of migrant workers could be much higher. Because, these figures exclude many countries including Philippines and Kenya where millions of people work in Qatar.
In 10 years, migrant workers made Qatar a ‘paradise’
In Qatar, about 28 lakh migrant laborers have built 7 new football stadiums in the last 10 years. A new metro, airport, motorway, and even a new city has been established to give a feeling of paradise to the world’s most famous sport lovers, held in the summer of 2022. Qatar employs about 2 million migrant laborers, most of whom are from South Asia, Africa and East Asia.
Workers paid the price for World Cup preparations
For the lovers of this game, the laborers who have been trying to bring heaven to the earth, have been doing their own blood and sweat for the last several years. Millions of workers have spent the night in frightening dormitory rooms for people coming to Qatar to enjoy the sport. Qatar officially says that 37 workers have died while working in World Cup stadiums.
Qatar has the highest number of migrant workers killed in Gulf countries
Nick McGeehan, director of Fairscare Projects, who works for labor rights in the Gulf countries, said that the deaths of workers in the construction work have not been divided according to their work, yet there is a possibility that most workers will die while building for the World Cup. He said that since 2011, large-scale migrant workers have died in Qatar.
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