Wednesday, February 24, 2021

6,500 workers from abroad died in Qatar in preparation for the World Cup


More than 6,500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since the emirate won the right to host the World Cup 10 years ago, reveals the Guardian.

The investigation, which was based on information gathered from government sources, found that on average Twelve migrants from these five South Asian countries have lost their lives each week since December 2010, when the streets of Doha were filled with enthusiastic crowds celebrating Qatar’s victory.

Data from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka reveal that 5927 workers died in the period 2011-2020. Separate information from the Pakistani embassy in Qatar shows that between In 2010 and 2020, 824 Pakistani workers were killed.

The total number of victims is significantly higher, as deaths are not included in these statistics in Qatar with workers from a number of other countries, including the Philippines and Kenya. Deaths from the last months of 2020 are also not included.

Over the last decade, Qatar has taken action unprecedented construction program, mostly preparing for the 2022 football tournament. In addition to seven new stadiums, dozens of major projects have been completed or are currently underway, including a new airport, roads, public transport, hotels and a new city where the final will take place.

According to experts, most of the deaths are most likely on the workplace, namely in the implementation of infrastructure projects for the World Cup.

There were 37 deaths directly related to stadium construction, and 34 were described as “unrelated to the workplace” by the event’s organizing committee.

The British edition writes that the findings reveal Qatar’s failure to protect 2 million workers from abroad or even to investigate the causes of the apparently high mortality among young workers.

Behind the statistics are countless stories of devastated families left without the man who feeds the family, struggling to get compensation, confused by the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one.

Various causes of death are indicated: multiple injuries due to falling from a height, suffocation, unidentified cause of death due to decomposition of the body and others. But the most common “natural death“, which is usually associated with heart or respiratory problems.

The Guardian notes that 69% of deaths among workers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh are categorized as a natural death. Among Indians, the figure is 80 percent.

Earlier, the British newspaper wrote that such a classification, in which an autopsy is not usually performed, is often does not provide a legitimate medical explanation for the causes of death.

In 2019 it was found that the hot summer in Qatar it is most likely one of the main factors in mortality among workers.





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