When will the World Cup open? [le 20 novembre]the whole world will discover the 60,000-seat Al-Bayt Stadium, an architectural marvel whose tent-like structure pays homage to Qatar’s past and future.

But in the shadow of this World Cup, we will find the story of migrant workers from India who flocked to this Gulf state to turn the desert into the incredible capital of world football. And who returned to their relatives, in the villages of Punjab, Bihar and Telangana, in coffins.

We met with the families of nine of these dead workers. Now abandoned, they are trying to rebuild their lives and are struggling with growing financial difficulties. Everyone complains about the same thing: the lack of compensation and the wall of refusals from Qatari employers.

“He was in perfect health”

Seven of these workers were the only source of income for their families. Most of them had reached working age and would have died of “natural causes”. Three of them were under 30, including a young man of 22, and five under 50. More than half of these families emphasize that these men had no medical history and that they learned of their deaths from friends or colleagues in Qatar.

“My husband’s employers did not inform us of his death. A friend from our village told me because he knew someone in Qatar.” explains Savita Kumar. Her husband, Akhilesh, 22, was a plumber from Salahpur, Bihar. He was working on burying the pipe near the World Cup building on the outskirts of Doha when the ground collapsed.

The accident killed two Indian workers. The other victim was 32 years old, named Jagan Surukanti, and hailed from Mallapur in Telangana. “All I know is that when my son left, he was perfectly healthy.says his father, Rajareddy, 59.