Being Alone, Asian, and Family: Duba 99
 Dubai 2013
takingbackourculture:
squeezemetillipop:


stay-human:

I keep seeing this picture and people being oh so impressed by it acting like Dubai’s Sheikhs are miracle workers or some shit. And all that skyline does is make me want to throw up. Do you understand how all of this was built?


…and then there is the foreign underclass who built the city, and are trapped here. They are hidden in plain view. You see them everywhere, in dirt-caked blue uniforms, being shouted at by their superiors, like a chain gang – but you are trained not to look. It is like a mantra: the Sheikh built the city. The Sheikh built the city. Workers? What workers?


Sahinal Monir, a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh. “To get you here, they tell you Dubai is heaven. Then you get here and realise it is hell,” he says. Four years ago, an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh. He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects. It was a place where they would be given great accommodation, great food, and treated well. All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220,000 takka (£2,300) for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months, easy. So Sahinal sold his family land, and took out a loan from the local lender, to head to this paradise.



As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don’t like it, the company told him, go home. “But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket,” he said. “Well, then you’d better get to work,” they replied.



He shows me his room. It is a tiny, poky, concrete cell with triple-decker bunk-beds, where he lives with 11 other men. All his belongings are piled onto his bunk: three shirts, a spare pair of trousers, and a cellphone. The room stinks, because the lavatories in the corner of the camp – holes in the ground – are backed up with excrement and clouds of black flies. There is no air conditioning or fans, so the heat is “unbearable. You cannot sleep. All you do is sweat and scratch all night.” At the height of summer, people sleep on the floor, on the roof, anywhere where they can pray for a moment of breeze.
 “There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites, but they’re not reported. They’re described as ‘accidents’.” Even then, their families aren’t free: they simply inherit the debts. A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide, but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting.


The enslavement of African and South Asian Migrants is still ongoing in Dubai. 


In the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi, etc. They all do it, and it’s just modern day slavery.

takingbackourculture: squeezemetillipop: stay-human: I keep seeing this picture and people being oh so impressed by it acting like Dubai’s Sheikhs are miracle workers or some shit. And all that skyline does is make me want to throw up. Do you understand how all of this was built? …and then there is the foreign underclass who built the city, and are trapped here. They are hidden in plain view. You see them everywhere, in dirt-caked blue uniforms, being shouted at by their superiors, like a chain gang – but you are trained not to look. It is like a mantra: the Sheikh built the city. The Sheikh built the city. Workers? What workers? Sahinal Monir, a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh. “To get you here, they tell you Dubai is heaven. Then you get here and realise it is hell,” he says. Four years ago, an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh. He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40,000 takka a month (£400) just for working nine-to-five on construction projects. It was a place where they would be given great accommodation, great food, and treated well. All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220,000 takka (£2,300) for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months, easy. So Sahinal sold his family land, and took out a loan from the local lender, to head to this paradise. As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport, his passport was taken from him by his construction company. He has not seen it since. He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer, when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month (£90), less than a quarter of the wage he was promised. If you don’t like it, the company told him, go home. “But how can I go home? You have my passport, and I have no money for the ticket,” he said. “Well, then you’d better get to work,” they replied. He shows me his room. It is a tiny, poky, concrete cell with triple-decker bunk-beds, where he lives with 11 other men. All his belongings are piled onto his bunk: three shirts, a spare pair of trousers, and a cellphone. The room stinks, because the lavatories in the corner of the camp – holes in the ground – are backed up with excrement and clouds of black flies. There is no air conditioning or fans, so the heat is “unbearable. You cannot sleep. All you do is sweat and scratch all night.” At the height of summer, people sleep on the floor, on the roof, anywhere where they can pray for a moment of breeze.  “There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites, but they’re not reported. They’re described as ‘accidents’.” Even then, their families aren’t free: they simply inherit the debts. A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion, overwork and suicide, but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone. After this figure was leaked, the consulates were told to stop counting. The enslavement of African and South Asian Migrants is still ongoing in Dubai.  In the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi, etc. They all do it, and it’s just modern day slavery.

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Duba 99 Dubai 2013 takingbackourculture squeezemetillipop stay-human I keep seeing this picture and people being oh so impressed by it acting like Dubai’s Sheikhs are miracle workers or some shit And all that skyline does is make me want to throw up Do you understand how all of this was built? …and then there is the foreign underclass who built the city and are trapped here They are hidden in plain view You see them everywhere in dirt-caked blue uniforms being shouted at by their superiors like a chain gang – but you are trained not to look It is like a mantra the Sheikh built the city The Sheikh built the city Workers? What workers? Sahinal Monir a slim 24-year-old from the deltas of Bangladesh “To get you here they tell you Dubai is heaven Then you get here and realise it is hell” he says Four years ago an employment agent arrived in Sahinal’s village in Southern Bangladesh He told the men of the village that there was a place where they could earn 40000 takka a month £400 just for working nine-to-five on construction projects It was a place where they would be given great accommodation great food and treated well All they had to do was pay an up-front fee of 220000 takka £2300 for the work visa – a fee they’d pay off in the first six months easy So Sahinal sold his family land and took out a loan from the local lender to head to this paradise As soon as he arrived at Dubai airport his passport was taken from him by his construction company He has not seen it since He was told brusquely that from now on he would be working 14-hour days in the desert heat – where western tourists are advised not to stay outside for even five minutes in summer when it hits 55 degrees – for 500 dirhams a month £90 less than a quarter of the wage he was promised If you don’t like it the company told him go home “But how can I go home? You have my passport and I have no money for the ticket” he said “Well then you’d better get to work” they replied He shows me his room It is a tiny poky concrete cell with triple-decker bunk-beds where he lives with 11 other men All his belongings are piled onto his bunk three shirts a spare pair of trousers and a cellphone The room stinks because the lavatories in the corner of the camp – holes in the ground – are backed up with excrement and clouds of black flies There is no air conditioning or fans so the heat is “unbearable You cannot sleep All you do is sweat and scratch all night” At the height of summer people sleep on the floor on the roof anywhere where they can pray for a moment of breeze “There’s a huge number of suicides in the camps and on the construction sites but they’re not reported They’re described as ‘accidents’” Even then their families aren’t free they simply inherit the debts A Human Rights Watch study found there is a “cover-up of the true extent” of deaths from heat exhaustion overwork and suicide but the Indian consulate registered 971 deaths of their nationals in 2005 alone After this figure was leaked the consulates were told to stop counting The enslavement of African and South Asian Migrants is still ongoing in Dubai In the UAE Bahrain Qatar Kuwait Saudi etc They all do it and it’s just modern day slavery Meme

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