Manjur Kha Pathan
Manjur Kha Pathan
Long shifts and extreme heat
Manjur Kha Pathan from Nepal died in Qatar on February 9, 2021, at the age of 40 years. His death certificate issued states that the heart disease was “unspecified” and it does not provide information about the underlying causes. His brother Ahmed Hussain told Amnesty International that Manjur worked as a truck driver and that he was healthy. They often talked about his job, and he complained about long working days, the heat and that the air conditioning in the truck was often broken. But he never complained about his health. Because he died at home and not at work, the case is not covered by the compensation laws in Qatar.
Told to the journalistic platform Blankspot
Manjur Kha Pathan was drinking tea with his coworkers in the morning of February 9, 2021 when he started feeling ill and went to rest in his room, where he collapsed. They found him unconscious and by the time the ambulance arrived, he was dead. On his death certificate, produced by Qatar authorities, it says that the heart failure was “unspecified”. There are no details.
His brother Ahmed Hussain told Amnesty International that Manjur was a truck driver, and in good health. They talked often and Manjur spoke about long shifts, 12-13 hours, the extreme heat and that the air-conditioning in the truck was broken a lot, but never about his health or being ill.
Nobody asked her if she wanted an autopsy to be performed, Manjur’s wife Tetari Khatun told Amnesty. Now she is raising three daughters and a son alone.
“We only have a house, no farmland and our financial situation is looking grim,” she says.
She did get some money. The employer paid them about $2,600 in wages and end-of-service benefits, but nothing more. Since Manjur didn’t die on the jobsite, his death does not qualify under the Qatari laws of compensation.
“If the company had paid [full] compensation it would have been a big help for the children’s future schooling,” she says to Amnesty in the report ”Qatar: Failure to investigate migrant worker deaths leaves families in despair”.