The killing fields of the Qatar World Cup

This is sad, horrible and unacceptable. Wonderful piece by @kazblah


The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in a graveyard.

Already an estimated 1,200 workers have died building Qatar’s World Cup stadiums and associated infrastructure. This number is expected to rise to 4,000 over the next seven years. Basically a worker a day.

The International Trade Union Confederation compiled these numbers based on statistics from just two countries — Nepal and India — which account for around 50 per cent of Qatar’s migrant workforce.

In other words, the death toll could be much, much higher. But currently it looks like this.

Qatar deaths Graphic by The Washington Post

How are people dying in such numbers? Workplace accidents, falls from unsafe scaffolding, disease and suicide account for many. But the biggest cause of death is cardiac arrest.

You know how FIFA decided to hold the 2022 World Cup in the Qatari winter because of justifiable concerns about the effect of 50-degree heat…

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