A security guard at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium has died after suffering a serious fall while working, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, organizer of the tournament, reported on Wednesday.
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The deceased worker was John Njue Kibue, a 24-year-old Kenyan, reports Guardian. According to the British media, Kibue fell from the eighth floor of the Lusail stadium around 2:00 am last Saturday, after Argentina’s victory over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
“On Saturday, December 10, John Njau Kibue, a security guard at Lusail Stadium, suffered a serious fall while on duty,” the Committee said in a statement. “We regret to announce that, despite the efforts of the medical team, he unfortunately passed away in the hospital on Tuesday, December 13, after spending three days in the intensive care unit. His relatives have been informed. Qatar tournament organizers are urgently investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash and will provide further information pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Kibue’s family has asked for clarification of the circumstances of his death. “We received the news [el martes] the morning that he had passed away,” Anne Wanjiru, Kibue’s sister, told the daily. standard of Nairobi, according to Guardian. “We are very heartbroken.”
Wanjiru has asked the Kenyan government and FIFA president Gianni Infantino for help. “We want answers about the circumstances of his death,” he said. “They claim that he was intoxicated. We heard that he had worked long hours. It is not clear how he fell himself. We don’t know where to start. It is very painful; They should help us.”
In a statement sent to CNNThe Kenyan embassy in Qatar has said that it is aware of the matter and “undertaking the necessary consular assistance pending official communication from the Supreme Committee of Qatar and the competent authorities.”
Last Thursday, Qatar opened an investigation into the death of a Filipino worker during the World Cup, the first confirmed during this tournament. When asked by journalists about what happened, the president of the organizing committee for the World Cup in Qatar, Nasser Al Khater, said that “death is a natural part of life.” “We are in the middle of a World Cup. And we have a successful World Cup. And is this something you want to talk about now?” Khater said.
Guardian published an investigation which revealed the deaths of 6,500 migrants from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the Gulf nation since the World Cup was awarded. The data, obtained from official sources in these countries, is not categorized by occupation or cause of death, but it is likely that many of them were working on infrastructure for the World Cup, the British outlet maintains. “The mortality rate in these communities is within the expected range for the size of the population,” the Qatari government claimed at the time. Human Rights Watch has denounced that “the authorities have not investigated the causes of death of thousands of migrant workers, many of them attributed to natural causes.”
Many of the workers have denounced physical violence from their supervisors, shifts of up to 14 hours a day, threats, unpaid wages, forced labor and poor food, among other things.