Rampriya Raya

Dad says son “worked to death” with 1 pound an hour from Qatar World Cup stadium company

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Sanjib Raya died of heart failure at 28, the same age as England captain Harry Kane. But his family says he was perfectly healthy before embarking on the grueling job.

Rampriya Raya says the Al-Bayt stadium was built on the blood and sweat of migrant workers

A tearful father today claims his son was “worked to death” with £ 1 an hour in the World Cup nation of Qatar.

Sanjib Raya worked 12 hours a day at 40 ° C as a road builder.

The company he worked for built the 60,000-seat Al-Bayt stadium, where England will play against the United States on 25 November.

Sanjib died of heart failure at 28, the same age as England captain Harry Kane. But his family says he was perfectly healthy before embarking on the grueling job.

His father, Nepalese farm worker Rampriya, 68, told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s an insult to the memory of my son and other migrants: that stadium was built on the blood and sweat of migrant workers.”

Sanjib’s uncle, Hari Narayan, 30, added: “He’s dead, will FIFA pay compensation? I do not believe. They have blood on their hands.







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“I want to send a message to the English players that the Qatari government has exploited Nepal’s cheap labor. This must be understood by the players themselves. I’m angry, but what can I do from here? “

Sanjib is one of 6,500 migrants reported to have lost their lives during Qatar’s massive infrastructure program for the World Cup.

Paychecks show that he was earning 218 pounds a month in the capital Doha as a road worker for Galfar Al Misnad.

A death certificate confirmed that Sanjib died of heart failure after collapsing in his temporary accommodation. Qatar’s Supreme Delivery and Legacy Committee insists Sanjib has not worked on any projects that are officially part of the World Cup.

But his family says the long, tiring days took a tragic toll. Sanjib would have had to struggle for two weeks to buy a single World Cup match ball: the £ 130 Adidas Al Rihla.







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Sanjib died on November 27, 2021, and his body was sent back to Khesraha village in a wooden crate eight days later.
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He died on November 27, 2021, and his body was sent back to the humble village of Khesraha, Sonoma, in a wooden crate eight days later.

Documents show that his family received £ 1,500 as a “final deal” from Galfar Al Misnad.

This is a dwarfed sum by the £ 150 billion spent on infrastructure prior to the tournament.

Sanjib’s family says his death mocks the authorities’ commitment in 2015 to “preserve the rights and dignity of all people who will work to make the tournament a success.”

Papa Rampriya said: “We were poor before he left, now we are destroyed. These companies are responsible for my son’s death. “

Qatar’s rulers, the Al Thani family, have been accused of funding the World Cup to bolster the image of a nation that is the richest in the world per capita but is mired in complaints of human rights violations. Critics say the cup is “built on an exploitative basis”. In 2013, 44 Nepalese workers were found to have died in Qatar in two months. A year later it was revealed that some workers were earning 45p an hour.

Qatar disputes Amnesty International’s claims that 6,500 migrant workers have died since 2011. Aside from the construction program, concerns have been raised about Qatar’s broader human rights record and treatment of the LGBTQ + community.

England manager Gareth Southgate says he and his players will raise human rights concerns before and during the finals.







The company Sanjib worked for built the 60,000-seat Al-Bayt stadium, where England play for the United States on 25 November
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Activists say migrant workers pay middlemen to fly 2,000 jet miles into the Gulf.

Poverty-stricken families are left in shacks with no income if a loved one joins the list of victims. Similar stories of anguish are spread across this southern district of Nepal, where 150,000 out of 800,000 inhabitants have flocked to the Middle East in desperate search for work.

Ani Ruddha, manager of the Safer Migration Project, said: “It makes me very angry. These migrants work hard to make the stadiums but will never be able to afford to watch the games.







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“It is discrimination against workers and a violation of human rights.”

The Supreme Committee of Qatar says there have been three work-related deaths and 36 non-work related deaths related to FIFA World Cup projects. A spokesperson said: “This tournament is a powerful catalyst for delivering a sustainable human and social legacy.

“Our commitment to the welfare of workers has led to significant improvements in housing standards, health and safety regulations, grievance mechanisms, health care and tax refunds for unlawful hiring to workers.”

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Galfar Al Misnad was contacted for comment. A FIFA spokesman said: “FIFA has been informed that Raya has not been involved in any 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, but any death is a cause for deep regret and our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family.

“Independent experts said that the spotlight on Qatar, due to the World Cup, contributed significantly and significantly to improving working conditions.

“FIFA will continue to push for greater worker protection and is confident that the World Cup will leave a lasting legacy and act as a catalyst for wider positive social change.”

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