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Posted On: 15 June 2009 01:23 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Down and out in Doha

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A young Qatari who has lost his parents and job is forced to use his rundown car as his home since he does not have sufficient income to go in for rented accommodation. This is the true story of a man who is struggling to find employment and a roof over his head in the absence of any close relatives or friends, Al Sharq reported yesterday. He is on his won after his parents passed away leaving behind no assets. He mostly parks his old car in the parking slots along the Corniche in the night and sleeps in it. In the mornings he takes a wash in mosques, but can’t spend the night in one of them since they are closed to public after the night (isha) prayers. The man was working in a government department but was laid off. His total monthly income now is QR5,400, but being in heavy debt much of the money goes into repaying the loans. He is left only with QR1,800 after paying loan installments and from this meager amount also he has to repay some loans he took from individuals. The man claimed he had been running from pillar to post to land a suitable job for the past three years but in vain. “I have even applied to the labor ministry but no response has been forthcoming as yet,” he said. He cannot even apply for the free government housing scheme because the minimum age limit to benefit from the largesse is 35 years while he is only 33, the daily said. The man has so much self-esteem that he does not want to approach any of the charitable bodies for help.