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Body Count

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A small contribution to the ongoing plight of Nepalese migrant labourers in Qatar: a blog page about those who die there.

My source for now will be the media. I’ll be updating this page with personal details of the victim, official cause of death, date and location for now. I’ll also keep a tally on this page.

If you read about a death or deaths, please feel free to draw my attention to it by email (dorje[at]dorjegurung[dot]com) or otherwise.

Thanks.
Oct. 27, 2013

Update
Nov. 1, 2013

None to report.

Update
Nov. 14, 2013

None to report.

I have however heard rumours that the Nepalese embassy in Doha has been ordered (not clear by who) to NOT release any data or information on the deaths of Nepalese in Qatar.

Update
Dec. 5, 2013

None to report but am working on a different approach.

 

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2 comments to Body Count

  • K. Schmidt

    The very very least we can do is keep a count.Thanks, Dorje.

    • Dorje

      Yes, to begin with. I know of no organisation that does that and makes that information available to the public. I haven’t been able to find any data on deaths of migrant workers in the Gulf, forget the Nepalese construction workers.

      And the following may partly explain why. According an article published in 2009 (http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html), and I quote,’A British man who used to work on construction projects told me: “There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites, but they’re not reported. They’re described as ‘accidents’.” […] A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide, but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting.’

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