» 08/20/2012 NEPAL - QATAR Ramadan "saves" 67 Nepali migrant workers in Qatar by Kalpit Parajuli Without pay for four months, the workers took refuge in a mosque near Doha. In the month of fasting, Muslims engage in works of charity towards the poor and needy. Now the Nepalese workers are demanding the embassy helps them to be repatriated.
(AsiaNews) - The holy month of Ramadan has "saved" the lives of 67
Nepalese workers in Qatar. Without
pay for four months, the men have in fact found hospitality and food at a
mosque near the Homsalal
Ali Usel market, about 35 km from Doha. Charity
(zakat) to the poor and needy is one of the five pillars of Islam, and in the
month of fasting from dawn to dusk is even practiced as an additional form of
now that Ramadan is over the Nepalese fear not being able to survive, and have
asked their embassy in Qatar to help them return home.
workers were employed in the Bajra Qatar Company that provides construction
months ago, the company began to stop paying salaries, and workers found
themselves on the street. Raghav
Ansari, a native of the district of Parsha in Nepal, said: "We have no
money and no job. Unable to eat, my friends and I were too weak and we were
far however, the Embassy of Nepal in Qatar has shown little reason for hope . Rishiram
Ghimire, a diplomat, admits that "67 workers have come to ask for help. We
are trying to solve the problem. We talked to their employer, who promised to
pay wage arrears within a month and a half." However, the
workers asking to go home.
has more than 4 million of its citizens employed abroad, 10% of whom are women.
fact women migrants are the main victims of sexual abuse, maltreatment and
exploitation in the workplace, to the point that on August 10 last year, the
Government of Nepal blocked the emigration of women under the age of 30. The
majority of cases are in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, as well as other
Middle Eastern countries.