‘Going abroad cost me my health’: Nepal’s migrant workers coming home with chronic kidney disease

Men under 40 are coming home in need of dialysis, after working in intense heat with limited access to drinking water

• Photographs by Pete Pattisson

Three times each week, for four hours at a stretch, Sujan Thami is hooked up to a jumble of tubes in a hospital ward in Kathmandu, while his blood is drawn out to be cleaned. Thami has chronic kidney disease and the treatment now dictates his life.

It is not what he envisaged when he set out to work overseas, a journey that took him first to Malaysia and then Qatar. “I had to go abroad to make a living, but it’s cost me my health,” says Thami, 39. “It’s not the life I hoped for.”

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