Qatar Speeds World Cup Stadium Protects, 1,400 Workers Dead So Far

Construction Jihad Survivors? Workers pose for a photo at the site of one of 40 stadiums that will be the scene of World Cup Soccer action in 2022 in Qatar. The death toll expected at 4,000 mostly migrant workers from Nepal and the Philippines rivals the number of players expected to compete on those fields. (UK Sports photo)

Deaths Expected: 4,000 by 2022

The National – Qatar spent Dh3.3 billion on 40 stadiums in its race to be ready for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, but the migrant workers building them are being paid just Dh3.8 an hour.

More than 1,400 migrants died since work commenced, because of poor conditions. Human rights groups forecast death tolls could rise to 4,000 by 2022. Nepal and the Philippines took united action recently in a bid to protect their citizens against abuses.

This comes after Qatar’s sports minister apologized for the deaths earlier this month. Chair of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights Chito Gascon said: “Ultimately, there was a commitment on the part of Qatar that they will abide by international labour standards.

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