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Qatar's migrant workers beg for food as Covid-19 infections rise

Author: Pete Pattisson & Roshan Sedhai, The Guardian (UK), Published on: 7 May 2020

Low-wage migrant workers in Qatar... say they have been forced to beg for food as the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll...

Workers... have described a mounting sense of desperation, frustration and fear... they are desperate, but unable, to return home. Some have been forced to plead for food from their employers or charities...

[Qatar is allowing] companies that have stopped operating due to coronavirus restrictions to put workers on unpaid leave or terminate their contracts. The government said food and accommodation, which is usually arranged by employers, must continue to be provided, but workers’ testimonies suggest in some cases this is not happening.

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