Report: 4,000 Workers Will Die By End Of 2022 World Cup Construction

Workers are said to be dying from the excessive heat and "slave"-like conditions.

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When a country is awarded an international competition like the World Cup, it's supposed to be cause for celebration. But for the Persian Gulf country of Qatar, the planning for the 2022 World Cup has been accompanied by mounting worker deaths and a recent report projecting 4,000 migrant workers will die by the time of the first kickoff.

The projection was made by the International Trade Union Confederation (ICTU), and was based on the the rate of death over the past two years of construction. Roughly half a million workers from South Asia, including India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, have shown up in the Gulf Emirate looking for work building the hotels, stadiums and other buildings being constructed for the soccer competition, as the Guardian reported. According to a separate Guardian report, 44 Nepalese workers died from June 4 to August 8 of this year.

Why are the workers dying? There's no one clear cause, but certainly temperatures upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit are making the working conditions rather treacherous. The British paper also says it discovered employers who have withheld salaries, passports and even drinking water from the workers. As a result, many young men are dying of sudden heart attacks.

The international media -- including the Guardian and Australia's ABC News -- have reported the charges by saying the workers are being treated like "slaves." And the ITUC is pointing its finger directly at the home government. "Nothing of any substance is being done by the Qatar authorities on this issue," Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the Brussels-based organization, told the Guardian.

For its part, the international players union, FIFPro, is calling on the host country to take action. FIFPro, which represents 50,000 soccer players worldwide, issued the following statement, as was reported by Reuters: "Qatar must respect the rights of the key people who will deliver the 2022 World Cup: the workers who build the World Cup stadia and infrastructure and the professional footballers who play in them."

Qatar, a country of roughly 1.7 million citizens, is hardly a country that's strapped for resources to pay its workers. According to Forbes, it is the richest country per capita in the world. Booming oil and gas prices have helped push the figure up to $88,000.

The country's supreme committee issued a statement to the Guardian in response to the worker deaths: "Like everyone viewing the video and images, and reading the accompanying texts, we are appalled by the findings presented in the Guardian's report," a spokesman said. "There is no excuse for any worker in Qatar, or anywhere else, to be treated in this manner.
Qatar's 'World Cup Slaves'

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I wouldn't doubt that Qatar brings in workers for everything. I assume the people have more benefits than anyone who comes to work there. Someone once wrote that most of the people who live in the small oil rich countrys in the middle east hardly know how to do any type of manual labor because they import all the help the need from the poor countrys on that side of the world. Qatar paid to have several building buit or replaced at Xavier University in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina flooded that area. I dare say it was just pocket change for a country with all that money.

September 30 2013 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4,000 deaths in 10 years is 400 deaths per year. At that rate, in 1,250 years, the entire half million will be dead.

September 30 2013 at 1:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Disgusting. And it doesn't include those who will die or be injured in the brawls that will ensue before, during and after the match.

September 30 2013 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not one single life is worth the building of a World Cup stadium, or any stadium for that matter.

September 30 2013 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

....and the World Cup is WORSE.

September 30 2013 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Olympic Games have become an obscene waste of money, a grotesque distortion of the purpose of athletic competition, and an opportunity for comedic displays of "nationalism".

They are NOT worth ONE life.

September 30 2013 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fermiuno's comment

this is not the Olympics, this is the World Cup soccer in Qatar, the Olympics will be in Brazil

September 30 2013 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William Hull

Publicly Qatar's Supreme Committee is saying, Oh my! Is this really happening? This can't be happening. We are appalled. Who let this happen? But inwardly in private they're really saying, Where is this reporter who leaked this to the world and what can we do to shut him up.

September 29 2013 at 11:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Can those savages over there EVER treat people decent? It's a disgusting shame that they were picked to host the stupid thing in the first place. The Pharos have returned comment was my thoughts exactly!

September 29 2013 at 11:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Gina's comment

you think you are any better? - I seriously doubt it

September 30 2013 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My be Red Cross can send some water there!!!, and Ameer of Qatar may feel some shame---

September 29 2013 at 11:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Welcome to the third world, where there are only 2 classes. The ultra rich and the ultra F%@*ed. Don't think you will find OSHA or the NLRB looking out for anyone in Qatar. Looks like the Pharos have returned.

September 29 2013 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to aaayron's comment

Talking about the USA again I see.

September 29 2013 at 11:26 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

The Red Cross will supply Terrorists, but not these people?

September 30 2013 at 12:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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