Written By Jacobs Dunga
A Nepalese man has accused FIFA of being responsible of his son’s death while working for a building firm as part of construction team for the World Cup.
The Al-Bayt Stadium, venue of England’s World Cup group stage games has been said to have been built on the blood and sweat of helpless migrant workers according to the father of a deceased worker.
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Qatar are the hosts for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and have been building stadiums and constructing roads since they were awarded the hosting rights.
Amnesty international claims about 6,500 migrant workers have died since 2011 when construction works for the 2022 World Cup began.
Sanjib Raya, who worked as a road worker for Galfar Al Misnad in the Qatari capital city of Doha as a road worker died at the age 28 from heart failure.
The young man was just one of many to have lost their lives in the tragic story of the 2022 Qatar World Cup preparations.
His father has come out to claim that his son was worked to death by the firm while his brother cried that the Qatari government are taking advantage of cheap labour from Nepal.
His father, Nepalese farm worker Rampriya, 68, told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s an insult to my son’s memory and other migrants – that stadium was built on the blood and sweat of migrant workers.”
Sanjib’s uncle Hari Narayan, 30, added: “He is dead – will FIFA pay compensation? I don’t think so. They have blood on their hands.
“I want to send a message to the England players that the Qatar government has exploited cheap labour from Nepal. That needs to be understood by the players themselves. I am angry but what can I do from here?”
Sanjib earned a pitiable £1 per hour during his time with the firm and just £218 per month according to pay-slips.
The death which happened on November 27, 2021 in his temporary accommodation in the capital city was said by his family to have been caused by arduous and laborious works for his employers.
His body was shipped back to his home country in the small village Khesraha, Sonoma, in a wooden box eight days later. A total of £1,500 was given to his family as “final settlement” by Galfar Al Misnad.
The number of casualties recorded in Qatar have been widely condemned in the public. Ani Ruddha, manager at the Safer Migration Project, said: “It makes me very angry. These migrants work hard to make the stadiums but they’ll never be able to afford to watch the games.
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