FIFA World Cup: The real face of Qatar

The World Cup starts in a week. Away from the purely sporting aspect, the choice of the emirate to host the competition raises a thousand questions and a thousand controversies. “Le Soir” has been there twice in recent months trying to separate truth from falsehood.

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MEven Qataris do not deny it: migrant workers suffer abuses in the emirate. These hundreds of thousands of Indians, Nepalese or Ugandans are the lifeblood of a peninsula the size of Flanders that has changed thanks to the organization of the 2022 World Cup. While some earn a decent living, they have built a daily life for the young, middle-class, still too many to struggle with working and living conditions. scandalous.

Qatar is, for them, an escape from a life without a future, without a means of subsistence, in their countries of origin, where poverty is most prevalent. Millions of them have left their lives and families for only some time, working in one of the richest countries in the world.

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