Nearly 1,000 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Infastructure

qatarOur global sporting championship has a higher blood toll than the Hunger Games. Via the Smithsonian:

In 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup. Since 2012, about 900 workers have died while working on infrastructure in Qatar, in a building boom anticipating the World Cup.

A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that if conditions don’t get any better, by the time the World Cup kicks off, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died on the job. For comparison, only six workers have died during construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this summer.

Workers described forced labour in 50C (122F) heat, employers who retain salaries for several months and passports making it impossible for them to leave and being denied free drinking water. The investigation found sickness is endemic among workers living in overcrowded and insanitary conditions and hunger has been reported. They are essentially slaves, Sharan Burrow from the ITUC told Booth.

6 Comments on "Nearly 1,000 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Infastructure"

  1. Thurlow Weed | Mar 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm |

    Qatar is so far up the ass of the U.S. military that only its feet stick out. The emirs of Qatar can pretty much do whatever they want to guest workers, and Washington won’t say a word.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Mar 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm |

    1000? Holy shit. That’s insane.

    • Rhoid Rager | Mar 29, 2014 at 4:06 am |

      So they opted for human blood to mix with the concrete to pour the foundation… can you blame them? Water is expensive in the desert.

  3. InfvoCuernos | Mar 28, 2014 at 9:49 pm |

    “Our world sporting championship”? Please don’t paint all of us with that one. I can promise that’s one tragedy that I will have no part in.

  4. Not surprising…but pretty much the same conditions for foriegn temp workers across the middle east…including those hapless drones who get subcontracted to work for subsidiaries of Halliburton to serve US troops abroad. Slavery is alive and well, worldwide as well as at home. Only the outward appearances have changed, but the racket is still the same.

  5. Same here in Norway.

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