Few years are left for the World Cup 2022 which is taking place in Qatar. In Nepal also the fever of the greatest football festival is high. But the sad part is that according to the source, a TV documentary by German public broadcaster WDR revealed that at least 1,400 migrant workers from Nepal have died while helping to build football stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
According to Nepali government, construction site accidents and slummy living conditions in the tiny Gulf state are taking around 110 lives every year. According to Egypt Today, a report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in March 2014 estimated at least 4,000 more workers will die before the start of the World Cup in 2022.
The estimation of deaths in Qatar is conservative and based on the tragic statistics collected by two embassies only – Nepal and India – which account for around 50% of the total migrant workforce.
The figure of 4,000 possible deaths is based on mortality trend data from the Indian and Nepalese embassies over the three most recent years, taking into account some 500,000 extra workers (cited by official sources in Qatar) in the years leading up to the World Cup.
It is sad that many Nepali go in gulf countries for employment risking their lives. And many dead bodies come from there too. Government should plan to mitigate this. It should create more opportunities for employment.