The Qatar 2022 World Cup has just begun to prepare for this International sporting event and it has already begun to draw criticism. Big enough criticism that FIFA should take the 2022 World Cup away from them while there’s still time for another country to prepare.
“ESPN conducted a special investigation into the human rights abuses in Qatar as part of its E:60 documentary series. The investigation, E:60: Trapped in Qatar, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the living and working conditions of the mainly migrant workers who have been building the massive new infrastructure that will allow a nation the size of Connecticut to host a tournament usually spread across host countries the size of Brazil, South Africa, or the United States.”
Qatar has only 278,000 nationals. That’s a small place. There are plenty of cities in the world that have far more people living in them. As you can imagine, building 12 soccer stadiums requires help from outside of their borders. That’s why Qatar has turned to Nepal, the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka for migrant workers. Unfortunately, like often occurs with migrant workers, there are abuses that take place. In Qatar, it’s not exception. In fact, having only broken ground on the first stadium, 184 Nepali migrant workers have died from “cardiac arrest” due to the extreme heat and working conditions!
“The documentary estimates that, at the current rate, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die by the time Qatar puts on the 2022 World Cup.”
Naturally, Qatar denies these reports and the E:60 report, saying that these deaths occurred on different construction projects. Even if these deaths were on other projects, this is a migrant worker problem that needs to be addressed swiftly and aggressively.
If FIFA doesn’t change their course, the blood of these dead migrant workers and others will be on their hands.