Wednesday December 24th, 2014

One Nepalese migrant worker is dying every two days during the construction of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, reports The Guardian.

The deaths of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi workers are excluded from the figure, according to the report, raising fears that the complete total could be more than one per day.

The working conditions of those building the Qatar World Cup has received international attention. An investigation by The Guardian in September 2013 revealed the exploitation of workers, and the human rights group Amnesty International also raised questions about labor conditions.

In July, The Guardian reported that the migrant workers who built offices to be used by the organizers of the tournament said they had not been paid for up to 13 months of work.

After the investigation, Qatar officials vowed to reform the industry, but criticism still remains.

From The Guardian:

The Nepalese foreign employment promotion board said 157 of its workers in Qatar had died between January and mid-November this year – 67 of sudden cardiac arrest and eight of heart attacks. Thirty-four deaths were recorded as workplace accidents.

Figures sourced separately by the Guardian from Nepalese authorities suggest the total during that period could be as high as 188. In 2013, the figure from January to mid-November was 168.

The Guardian has previously reported that migrant workers from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and elsewhere "were dying in their hundreds." In May, the Qatari government admitted to almost 1,000 fatalities among migrant workers in the build up to the World Cup.

- Molly Geary


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