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Stranded: Nepalese Companies Abandon Workers in Qatar
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Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar routinely face dangerous working conditions as well as cramped and unsanitary living quarters. Yam Kumari Kandel and Shilu Manandhar, the Pulitzer Center's 2015 Persephone Miel fellows, traveled to the Persian Gulf country to interview migrant workers in the labor camps where they live and, in some cases, in their hospital beds.
The pair spent more than six months reporting. They found injured Nepalese workers in vegetative states and unable to return home, and others swindled by both Qatari employers and Nepalese agencies that trap workers into forced and bonded labor.
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September 29, 2016 | Global Press Journal
Nepalese Migrant Worker in Qatar Torn Over Coming Home After Quake
SHILU MANANDHAR AND YAM KUMARI KANDEL
For the millions of Nepalese migrant workers abroad, the 2015 earthquake in Nepal presented a dilemma: Return home to be with family or continue working to support their family.
September 29, 2016 | Global Press Journal
Promise of a Good Job Abroad Often Ends in Disappointing Reality for Nepalese Workers
YAM KUMARI KANDEL AND SHILU MANANDAR
Many of the Nepalese migrants who seek work abroad are exploited by the Nepalese agencies that help them get there. One man, who went to Qatar for a job, was trapped there even after he asked to return home. His experience is common among migrant workers.
September 29, 2016 | Global Press Journal
Far From Home, Injured Nepalese Workers Languish in Qatari Hospitals
YAM KUMARI KANDEL AND SHILU MANANDHAR
When Nepalese migrant workers are seriously injured while working in Qatar there are no mechanisms that allow for them to return to Nepal. More than a dozen Nepalese workers are comatose or in a vegetative state in Qatari hospitals, but their families cannot take on the expensive burden of bringing them home.
September 29, 2016 | Global Press Journal
Nepalese Migrant Workers Stranded, Duped in Qatar Due to Shady Practices, Lax Laws
SHILU MANANDHAR AND YAM KUMARI KANDEL
Twenty Nepalese men who had come to Qatar for work were suddenly stranded in the desert, unable to speak Arabic and even denied access to their passports.
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September 20, 2016 | Meet the Journalist
Meet the Journalists: Shilu Manandhar and Yam Kumari Kandel
SHILU MANANDHAR AND YAM KUMARI KANDEL
Journalists Shilu Manandhar and Yam Kumari Kandel reflect on their experience reporting on Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar.
Eager to earn money to send home to their families, Nepalese workers sign on with Nepalese agencies that traffic them into forced labor and abandon them when they need help.
AUTHOR
YAM KUMARI KANDEL
Grantee
Yam Kumari Kandel was raised in Nepal’s western region, where she completed her education. She has worked in publishing and for the National News Agency of Nepal. At Global Press Journal,...
SHILU MANANDHAR
Grantee
Shilu Manandhar, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, began her journalism career in 2009, reporting for national magazines in 2009. She left those publications in 2012 to work for Global Press Journal...
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LAUNCHED:
September 29, 2015
REGION:
Asia
COUNTRY:
Nepal
TAGS:
Labor, Migrants, Displaced People and Refugees
RELATED LESSON PLANS
Psychological Effects on Migrant Workers
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RELATED ISSUES
Migration and Refugees
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