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World Cup ticket to death

World Cup ticket to death

A day too soon three years since then, 44-year-old Bhogendra Mochi leaves his wife and four children at home in rural Nepal.

He gets on the plane to Qatar.

From all over Asia, millions of workers travel to the small kingdom at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula – to build the country.

Since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010, allegations of corruption have hailed, including from the United States authorities.

The organizers have denied the allegations.

And now they have a bad time.

The foreign workers are working in high gear to complete all the new stadiums, hotels, roads and metros.

In 2018, Bhogendra will be one of them.

He will never see his own family again.

At two o’clock at night until January 7, a Boeing plane from Qatar Airlines stands on the street at the international airport in Doha.

VGs two reporters is among the passengers who find their seats.

The coffin of Bhogendra will also be on this plane.

– Do you know if there is a coffin on board? we ask a flight attendant.

– What do you mean? We do not carry a coffin today, she says.

A few minutes later she returns. She has spoken to her boss, who confirms that yes, there is a coffin on board.

– Send my condolences to the family, she says.

Darkness has descended southeast of Nepal. It is 7 pm in the small village of Golbazar. The truck crawls calmly down a bumpy, narrow gravel road.

In Doha, there is no break at the construction site where Bhogendra worked.

VG IN NEPAL / QATAR: Middle East correspondent Kyrre Lien and Sporten reporter Anders K Christiansen.

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