Injured Afghan Soldier Was 'Treated Like Trash' By His Employers After He Risked His Life To Save Them. Now, He's Suing
A Nepali man, Man Bahadur Thapa, says he and his colleagues were treated like trash by their employer after they put their lives on the line to protect Canadians in a 2016 Afghanistan suicide attack.
Along with the dead and injured victims of the attack, Thapa claims he served as part of a coalition force to combat terrorism. And, at the time of the blast, he was a guard working via a contractor with the Canadian Embassy, in Kabul.
He and his colleagues were on their way to the Embassy when their armored minibus was blown up by a suicide bomber.
They are suing, but opinions are divided
According to the report on The New York Times, Thapa, who was badly mutilated in the attack but lucky enough to survive, says his employers treated him and his injured mates like goats afterwards. They were blindsided.
They are suing the company who contracted them to work for the Canadian embassy as well as the country, but Thapa, who seems to have lost the will to live, says these days “death would be a respite” for him.
I can’t believe they haven’t yet been compensated…like always the poor is the one who sacrifices everything and gets nothing back..not even a proper treatment… the embassy were looking for guards who would work very less money, and then they cut their health benefits.. SHAME!
— Sauzan (@sauzan1897) August 23, 2018
They are mercenaries willing to kill for the highest bidder and not god and country. Don’t feel bad for them. They live by the sword and die by the sword. It’s what they signed up for.
— Ken Bonerigo (@KBonerigo) August 23, 2018
Embassies avoid making direct contracts with laborers, guards and helpers. These outsourced staff are paid through third party contractors without any security, insurance or compensation. legally they don’t have any rights over them which is Exploitation and injustice.
— Ahsan Javed (@EssenJaved) August 23, 2018
Canadians are currently unable to protect their own country, how will their embassy officials have time to enquire about you in Afghanistan?
— Brometheus Benzo (@WTFQuest) August 23, 2018
Online, opinions are divided. There are people who believe Thapa and his colleagues were simply paid mercenaries who got caught in the line of duty, and others who are calling out the Canadian government. What do you think?