They came hoping to give their families a better life, but they soon discovered the other side of the coin of the long-awaited event. Passports were confiscated, wages were delayed and stolen, workers were forced to work in 40-degree weather without time limits, threats were made and insults were hurled at them… The Qatari government’s immense ambitions for the next World Cup are in fact based on the exploitation of its workers.
Nepal is one of the countries facing massive emigration to the Persian Gulf. In 2015, 1,500 Nepalese men were leaving their country every day to work abroad, 20% of them in Qatar. By photographing first mothers and wives in Nepal whose sons or husbands have left, and then these men in their living environment in Qatar (usually workers’ camps), Frédéric Lecloux delivers a precious testimony on their daily lives and the heartbreak of these families.
This photographic work was realized with the help of the CNAP grant and the book is co-published with Amnesty France.