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‘Going abroad cost me my health’: Nepal’s migrant workers coming home with chronic kidney disease

Men under 40 are coming home in need of dialysis, after working in intense heat with limited access to drinking water• Photographs by Pete PattissonThree times each week, for four hours at a stretch, Sujan Thami is hooked up to a jumble of tubes in a h…

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World Cup security guards still jailed in Qatar after dispute over unpaid wages

Workers at World Cup 2022 venues fired as tournament ended and allegedly jailed or deported after trying to claim unpaid wagesThree World Cup security guards who were detained while trying to resolve a dispute over unpaid wages are still being held in …

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‘Dark days in Qatar’: Nepali workers face bitter legacy of World Cup debts

For thousands of low-paid workers, this year’s games brought back only memories of abuse and exploitationOn a huge billboard in front of Kathmandu’s international airport, is a picture of five migrant workers with the words: “Meet the hardest working t…

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Migrant workers in Qatar left in debt after being ordered home before World Cup starts

Early end to migrants’ contracts leaves many owing large sums to recruiters and unable to support their families• World Cup hotel shields England team from fans – and Qatar’s labour abusesThousands of poorly paid migrant workers in Qatar are being forc…

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‘No one should suffer like me’: families of Qatar’s dead migrant workers left with nothing

Qatar is a magnet for south Asian labour, but failure to investigate deaths leaves dependents without compensation It is hard to imagine a place more different to Qatar than the southern plains of Nepal.Miles of fields covered in dazzling yellow mustar…

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UN donor conference falls billions short of $4.4bn target to help Afghanistan

Conference raises only $2.44bn as Russian foreign minister says west is responsible for country’s humanitarian crisisThe world’s donor drought, and growing global divisions over Afghanistan’s political direction, have been laid bare when a UN appeal fo…

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Revealed: migrant workers in Qatar forced to pay billions in recruitment fees

Guardian investigation finds labourers – including those on World Cup-related projects – were left with huge debtsLow-wage migrant workers have been forced to pay billions of dollars in recruitment fees to secure their jobs in World Cup host nation Qat…

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Lives lost at Europe’s borders and Afghan MPs in exile: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Mexico to Manila Continue reading…

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Migrant caravan and Qatar’s tarnished World Cup: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

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UK officials return to Afghanistan to meet Taliban for first time since takeover

Diplomats visit Kabul to raise issue of ‘safe passage’ for Britons leaving Afghanistan and rights of womenBritish officials have gone to Afghanistan for the first time since the country fell to the Taliban, meeting the group’s senior leaders in Kabul t…

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