What happens when no one’s looking?
Malcolm Bidali reflects on the last 12 weeks of detention, intimidation, and being charged for a ‘crime’ of highlighting the plight of lower-income migrant workers like himself
Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national, was forcibly disappeared by Qatari authorities on 4 May and held in solitary confinement for a month. The 28-year-old is a security guard, blogger and activist who has been vocal about the plight of migrant workers in Qatar
Domestic workers on Facebook and TikTok, and construction workers on Twitter. Migrant workers across the Gulf have been taking to social media to protest long hours, low or unpaid wages, and passport confiscation, yet the arrest and prosecution against Malcolm Bidali highlights the risks to workers of speaking out.
Kenyan security guard, activist and blogger Malcolm Bidali was taken for questioning by Qatar state security services on May 4. Bidali has written about labour abuse faced by migrant workers in Qatar under his pen name Noah for the advocacy group Migrant-Rights.org