By Tristan Bruslé
With 266,000 people, and 100,000 more to come in 2008, the Nepalese in
Workers arrive in Doha wearing manpower agency caps.
Thanks to it boasting the second gas reserve in the world,
Photo: After breaking both legs at work this young boy has been staying in his room for two months, living thanks to the help of his friends.
It is non uncommon to meet desperate workers who have not been paid for months or who have been abandoned by their company after being injured at work. It also means that their basic salary is lower than that of other nationalities. However, the more educated Nepalese complain that the Nepalese image is too much associated with that of an unskilled worker. Nonetheless, the number of qualified Nepalese rises every year: there are about 100 executives from
Unskilled workers are usually put up in labour camps that is buildings rented by their company. The biggest concentration of labour camps is the Industrial Area, near
Cleaners in the up-market Al Khor Community.
Life in a camp is monotonous. Everyday except for Fridays, workers are taken to their work site by company buses. For lunch, tiffin boxes filled with Dal Bhat are provided. At the end of the afternoon, when the workers come back to their camp, some of them begin their second job, called part time, which consists in being a servant in private houses. At night, after another plate of Dal Bhat, it is time to play cards or watch the latest Nepalese movie. These days Muglan is the favourite one. Friday is the only day when workers have time off. Some wash their clothes and rest all day. Others go to
Runnig an internet café and enabling workers to call home on low rates. Selling Kantipur as a part time job.
Waiters in a Chicha (Qatari type hooka) bar. Bhim and friends at the Tourist Hotel.
At Mehaman with Kandel brothers. To eat the best Momo in town go to Sagarmatha restaurant.
Baje, the most ancient Nepali restaurant owner, will always serve you a typical Dal Bhat. Samudrako cheuma.
Cleaning a kinder garden (photo Ramesh Regmi)
Dangerous jobs are for Nepalis.
Taking a rest on a construction site.
Back from work in the company bus.
Nepali musical shooting in Al Khor.
Sending money home is like a Kushiko Khabar (happy news).
National emblems at the Nepali restaurant in Al Khor.
Inside the Nepali Bhansa Ghar Restaurant.
Nepali feature films and Nepali pan are available at the Nepali Chowk.
Nepali chowk is the place to be on Fridays.
Latest news and music from Nepal are found at Machapuchhre music store.
Waiting for the bus to come. Going to part time job requires a bicycle.
Between home and abroad : Qatar royalties, Shiva and Nepal map. A camp under the February sun.
“I am from Kaski and this is my bed”. Living with stars.
These newly arrived young workers have not yet decorated their room. “Look, I’ve got a brand new mobile !”
Laughing with friends in a camp. “Our country name is written on our room door”
Dal bhat taken in the camp room.
Dal bhat taken in the camp mess. Proud to be a Nepali in Al Fardan area, Central Doha.
Al Khor famous “Sandhya group” welcoming the author.
Taxis drivers take a break to read Kantipur.
Nepali posters are stronger than law.
All the pictures were taken in
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