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Qatar, explodes the coronavirus among migrant workers: hundreds of positive cases in the industrial area of Doha
the ROME - The government of Qatar - reports to Amnesty International - has placed in isolation a large portion of the industrial area of Doha, which collects hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. The decision was taken after the confirmation of 11 of march of 238 cases of coronavirus in the area, followed by other 138 cases reported in the five days following. Workers cannot leave the area, can't move in groups, or hang out in crowded places, according to the rules of distancing social taxes to contain the contagion.

Overcrowding and lack of drinking water. Unfortunately, the distancing social is only a utopia. The industrial area of Doha is an hour and a half away from the capital, is a vast area of factories, warehouses and dormitories for the workers. Many of these “fields” do not have potable water and the facilities are overcrowded, dirty, dilapidated. For years, associations like Amnesty International are denouncing the impossible living conditions of migrants. Today, with the isolation, the field risks turning into an open air prison. Forced to live in a few square metres and with limited access to sanitary facilities, the disease is likely to spread like wildfire.

The government: “we will make every effort to protect all”. Is as announced by the government last Saturday: “they Will be insured for medical care to whoever needs it”. The situation in the building that houses the workers, however, is potentially explosive, because it insinuates itself between poor sanitation and structural because it concerns, in power, hundreds of thousands of individuals. Amnesty International has asked Qatar to ensure that workers can receive compensation for illness if you are unable to work, and that they have access to necessary medical care.

The economic blackmail of the work. As in many countries, also in Qatar, the social groups, the poorest are the first to suffer from the backlash of economic and risk the health. Behind the fear of lack of compensation, many choose to work, even if exposed to the contagion. Remittances and economic are often the only source of livelihood for the families of the workers, and that of the work at all costs, has become a real blackmail. For this it is important to ensure, in addition to medical care, adequate economic support.

labour Force migrants. The migrant workers in Qatar constitute around 95% of the total labour force. Are estimated to be about two million, a very high number due in part to the activities of preparing for the next football world cup of 2022. Most of them come from the poorest states in the south-east asia and eastern Africa. The international organizations are denouncing for years the human rights violations and the exploitation to which they are subjected.

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