"Our daughter went to support her family and came home dead"
After a mandatory medical examination, Phurparani Tamang was considered completely healthy and received her work visa. – Once in Qatar, she got a job as a cleaner, which she was happy with because she did not have to work outside in the sun, says her mother. One day she was taken to the hospital. – She told us there was no reason to worry. But a few days later I learned that she had died. I just cannot believe she's gone. Her body landed at Kathmandu airport just four days after she died and her mother traveled there to receive it. – Our daughter who went to support her family, left full of life, and came home dead.
Told to the journalistic platform Blankspot
Phurparani Tamang had only worked 21 months in Qatar when she died of a heart attack. She was 25 years old. Despite her young age, she had already done a lot in her life. Working in Malaysia for five years, for example.
“As soon as she was old enough, she went abroad to make money,” says Dorje Tamang, her mother.
Malaysia was the obvious choice since Phurparani had been there before with her older sisters and friends. When she saw what she could make compared to at home in Nepal, the choice was simple. After a mandatory physical examination, where she was considered healthy, her work visa was approved.
“She decided to go to create a better future for herself,” Dorje says. “Before she left I told her that she needed to do what was right for her.”
Once she arrived in Qatar, Phurparani found a job cleaning. It suited her great since she didn’t have to be outside in the heat. Everything seemed fine until suddenly one day she called her mother from the hospital.
“She says that people with the company she worked for drove her there but there was no reason to worry, she would be out in no time,” Dorje says. “And just a few days later, I learned that she had died.”
Dorje suspects that her daughter got the best care at the hospital, being a migrant worker and a foreigner. Phurparani’s body landed at the Kathmandu airport four days after her death.
“I don’t think anyone can imagine that feeling,” Dorje says. “A daughter, who wanted to help her family, left home full of life and plans for the future, and then comes home dead.”
Phurparani was Dorje’s only daughter and had plans to marry after she had finished working in Qatar.
“I just can’t believe that she’s gone,” Dorje says. “She was so confident, brave and really wanted to do something with her life. She was like a boy, grabbing opportunities and was always positive and hopeful. And now God has taken her from us.”
Dorje’s two sons are also working abroad, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and without them it would have been hard for the family home in Nepal to survive. So far Dorje has received the daughter’s life insurance of $11,500, but the company Phurparani worked for in Qatar still has not paid anything, and it’s unsure if they will. Neither has the Nepali government.