‘Dark days in Qatar’: Nepali workers face bitter legacy of World Cup debts

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For thousands of low-paid workers, this year’s games brought back only memories of abuse and exploitation

On a huge billboard in front of Kathmandu’s international airport, is a picture of five migrant workers with the words: “Meet the hardest working team in Qatar. Wouldn’t it be great if they were compensated for it?”

Just metres away, hundreds of young men board flights to Qatar and other Gulf states every day, hoping to earn enough to look after the families they leave behind. About 400,000 Nepalis work in Qatar and many toiled for years on its preparations for the World Cup.

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Written by Pete Pattisson and Pramod Acharya in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/dec/20/dark-days-in-qatar-nepali-workers-face-bitter-legacy-of-world-cup-debts under the title “‘Dark days in Qatar’: Nepali workers face bitter legacy of World Cup debts”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.