Seema Rajouria

Seema Rajouria has worked as a journalist and for several civil society organizations in Nepal, as well as the U.N. and the Asian Development Bank. She is currently a graduate student at the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Recent Articles

World Cup Corruption: The Bigger Scandal

In the shadow of Qatar's new soccer stadium, Nepali migrant workers face exploitation, injury, and death.

(Photo: AP/Amnesty International/DPA)
This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Ganesh Bishwakarma left for Qatar in 2013 to join the thousands of migrant workers hired to work on construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He had a dream of earning enough to build a comfortable life for himself and his impoverished family in the Dang District of Nepal. Six weeks later, he was back home, in a coffin. The 16-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, leaving his grief-stricken family with a lost son, in deeper poverty than before. His dream had taken him on a journey of exploitation and deceit, involving a fake passport, extortionate recruitment fees, and huge debt—typical of what faces Nepali migrant workers. Two recent events briefly focused the world’s attention on the plight of Nepali workers in Persian Gulf states, mainly Qatar. First were the terrible earthquakes that rocked Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing more than 8,000 people and razing...