Migrant workers tell of abuses during the construction of stadiums for the World Cup in Qatar

Amna Nawaz:

The men’s World Cup kicks off in Qatar this Sunday, but controversies, ranging from human rights concerns to heavy press restrictions, have clouded the event.

To host the Cup, the tiny Gulf nation went on a stadium-building spree, bringing in thousands and thousands of migrant workers. But there were many stories about the largely South Asian workforce being abused, and more than three dozen dying on the job.

We’ve teamed up with independent filmmakers Fat Rat Films to hear from some of these workers about their experience of rampant abuse, low pay and squalid living conditions.

As the Men’s World Cup kicks off in Qatar, many of the workers behind the games are now thousands of miles away, back in their home countries without the money they say is owed them, young men like Anish and Narayan, farm workers from Nepal, who went to Qatar to build stadiums, hoping to build a better life for themselves.


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