What Qatar Doesn’t Want the World to See | WORLD CUP 2022

What Qatar Doesn’t Want the World to See | WORLD CUP 2022

Qatar has trapped people in its country, and now they’re hiding them from view.
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It started with me looking at a map. But soon I got sucked into a deep dark secret, one Qatar doesn’t want the world to see.

A huge thank you to everyone we spoke to that chose to stay anonymous for this story. Your perspectives and knowledge were vital to tell this, and we could not have done it without you.

Thank you to the experts we spoke with that helped with our research in this story:
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Isobel Archer from the Business & Human Rights Resource Center – https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/

Thank you again to Goma Magar, Bikram Tajpuriya, and Sushil in Nepal for sharing your stories.

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39 Responses

  1. Johnny Harris says:

    We were working on this up to the minute of publishing it. It was all playing out in real time. So forgive me if there’s any bugs or glitches in the edit. also for anyone who wants to help support this kind of journalism when corporations won’t check out our Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/johnnyharris

    • Salty_SuperSpreader says:


    • CodyCast says:

      Love your content. Please find another way to support you. Patreon has been guilty of the censorious actions that journalists like you normally fight against.

    • Dr PK says:

      Thank you as always this was great too
      Please see if you could do something similar about China and Myanmar

    • loskatiponeros says:

      @Remi yep ans enjoy eating bananas and avocados from latin america and south east asia, drive your electric cars and use your phones with lithium batteries from african nations, use your apple phones from factories from china, wear your fast fashion from sweat factories from bangladesh and pakistan. All of these came from cheap labor. I hope you feel better being woke just because of one event. Lmao

    • Wan Khairul Petra says:

      @menopiko can he expose Palestinian occupied area by illegal Zionist Israelis? Come on, if you are working in Malaysia the same thing we treat Foreign Workers. As long as we provide facilities for them.

  2. Nadir On The Go says:

    10 years ago, the first time I was going back home to Bangladesh after the first year of college abroad, I was, for the first time, in an airplane full of migrant workers from my country coming back from the gulf countries. I got to talk to some of them as most were illiterate and needed a bit of help from me on filling out arrival paperwork. Some were coming back from unthinkable conditions at work. Others were even more heartbroken, coming from a human-trafficking scam where they paid a large sum of money similar to the “recruitment fees” you mentioned in the video to go abroad, only to be denied entry because there were no real jobs. 10 years later, it’s unfortunate that the exploitation of such people hasn’t changed one bit

    • DT says:

      Thats same in Nepal bro.

    • Jabid21 says:

      And worst of all is these Gulf/Arab countries are using influencers, tourism and sports to whitewash its reputation and keeping its ugly history hidden from people who don’t know any better.

    • Ashish Kalam says:

      Yes and biggest part people keep ignoring is the responsibility of the corporations in this process.
      On one hand Qatar wants these bottom end “illiterate” people to get jobs and on the other hand don’t want to take the responsibility and process of helping them work.

    • Castor Chua says:

      It hasn’t changed for all of history

    • Baby Sitter says:

      We should raise our voice against those animals, those workers are poor and helpless

      Love from 🇧🇩

  3. History Dose says:

    Johnny, you’re pushing the envelope for YouTubers. This is Netflix doc quality being published for free as the events are unfolding in real-time. Bravo.

    • wargames says:

      Just a question, what is your work schedule, I saw you respond to comments saying you have an extreme work schedule, we really aren’t trying to pressure you guys, its all up to you

  4. Dipesh Pandit says:

    Live in Kathmandu and have seen our Nepali brothers coming back in coffins and boxes, and their families breaking down and howling at the Tribhuwan International Airport seeing those dead bodies. Most of them still traumatized by the loss of their loved ones. The world will be celebrating for the next couple of weeks but I’m glad that Johnny Harris and the team behind this independent journalism did their job to show the world what this world cup in Qatar actually means. Always an admirer of this kind of journalism and the research the team does in bringing out the content. Thank you for this video 🙏🏻

    • Alexander Cortes says:

      @Mohammad Hilal it’s call false advertisement dude

    • Bandana says:

      ​@Mohammad Hilal Why do you think they go there? Do you think they would go there by choice? They are compelled to go to these gulf countries because in Nepal its so difficult to find jobs even if you have a good degree, qatar is taking advantage of it and exploiting workers treating them inhumanely.

    • sagar says:

      ​@Mohammad Hilal @Grig RP in a hope of earning money you stupid dumb motherfuckr$.
      People who go there don’t know the situation and they don’t have any information about what’s happening in the place they are going.
      They just want to earn some money to feed their family.
      You guys are those a$$hole who say’s “how do people have asthma, just breath”

    • Mohammad Hilal says:

      So why do they go there?

    • Virchandra Kumar says:

      It seems Qatar has hired 50 centres warriors from China

  5. Gijs Van Os de Man says:

    My gratitude and deepest respect for the journalists that took the risk and your team, Johnny. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

  6. KnowFull says:

    As a Nepali, I’m so sad to see the situation of those people in Qatar because of the pressure but the reality is Nepalese are forced to go to abroad for jobs for earning due to lack of jobs in Nepal even from their own family . so, a video about the reality of Nepal could be so helpful and informative for many people . I hope you listen to this Johnny

    • Kya kroge jaanke says:

      @Suilan B420 i do know the disputes also the problems of India but u border Bihar and up thats why u might think that way visit maharastra gujrat indore/Bhopal or southern states or assam sometimes these places have alot to offer

    • Kya kroge jaanke says:

      @Grig RP nepal is a Hindu country they probably would and also we do have the highest diaspora so yea cry

    • Suilan B420 says:

      @MoMcLean Bro they had to go because of their financial condition, it’s not their choice. And also after being any infrastructure company, they have to conscious about safety. And look at their agreement! Do you think Those agreements are fair for the employees?? If you see that normal than bro you lack Humanity!!

    • Suilan B420 says:

      @kya kroge jaanke You see India as a country with opportunities for low class people than in Nepal? Bro as big is there area so there population is! Many of Indian low class to middle class they come to Nepal to work or to business, because of india’s lack of opportunity. Don’t suggest people without knowing nothing. You know nothing about relationship between India and Nepal giopolitically.

    • Handi Limanto says:

      @Al-Muad’dib true and why he not say anything about chinaa and north korea? rusia? labour abuse not only in qatar. I WONDER WHY? HMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

  7. Medlife Crisis says:

    Thank you to you and your team, and most of all to Raj. I hope people also realise this goes beyond Qatar. Those that lament the plight of workers in Qatar, but holiday in or promote Dubai or Abu Dhabi are deluding themselves. It’s also infuriating that the home governments of these people turn a blind eye to what happens to their nationals.

    • karawang cannel says:

      @Medlife Crisis Gulf states ARE the middle east, since they represent the majority of interest of the west – that gave them this name – and their population number are in millions. I know they are far less than your native land, but this shouldn’t be an issue in this discussion, Rohin.

      Also, saying that they have no native culture is both severe ignorance and borderline racism! You’re basically saying that they are “less” somehow!

      You wanna discuss human-rights, go ahead… otherwise, SU.

    • David Evans says:

      @Castor Chua agreed, the Middle East is nothing but a cesspool of human misery

    • You cant handle the truth says:

      Christian monks preserved the Greek and Roman books not the fkn Arabs

    • ComradeKenobi says:

      @cmaxz my comment wasn’t for you, narcissus

    • Techy Base says:

      Indian goverment does have something called “emigration check”. Government warns those people before going there, especially these middle eastern countries. That’s all for workers.

  8. George Williams says:

    As a guy that grew up in Dubai, that has the same problems, im glad you did a piece to this. seeing this happen every day is both heart-breaking and extremely awkward – knowing that you get to live this brilliant life, but walking past the workers every day and knowing whats happening to them, and that they are slaves, but in an internationally “legal” way.

    • Mohammad Salman says:

      Work conditions are not perfect in the Gulf but at least people are given a chance to earn a living- in contrast Greece is drowning immigrants in the sea, Poland freezes them to death, Spain and Israel shoots them, and the US puts them in concentration camps even cages if they make it- and in all these cases people fully knowing the risks and benefits choose to go.

  9. aritin says:

    Thank you for making this. A lot of my Filipino countrymen work in Qatar (and other nearby countries) as domestic helpers. A lot of them endure abuse from employers as well, yet few are fortunate enough to leave.

  10. Jatin Raj says:

    This is what you call real journalism. Thanks Johnny for making videos. ✌

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