In­jured worker fears his days of earn­ing cash in UAE are over

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A labourer who broke both legs af­ter fall­ing from the fifth floor of a Sharjah con­struc­tion site is wor­ried about how he will now sup­port his fam­ily.

Li­aqat Ali Sher Wa­hab, 26, told 7DAYS: “I am wor­ried about not be­ing able to pro­vide a de­cent liv­ing for my wife and five chil­dren in Pak­istan. I started to work for my com­pany in May 2014.

“I started to work there with dreams of earn­ing more money. I earn Dhs1,500 monthly.”

Speak­ing at Al Qasimi Hos­pi­tal in Sharjah, he added: “On May 24, my whole life flipped up­side down due to a fall from the fifth floor of a con­struc­tion site in Abu Shaghara. I was work­ing on the edge of the con­struc­tion site and then I fell.”

Med­i­cal re­ports show that Li­aqat lost con­scious­ness for less than one hour, suf­fered from bone frac­tures in both legs, a closed frac­ture in one shoul­der and other frac­tures in dif­fer­ent parts of his body.

His el­dest brother, Mum­taz, 35, who By Nawal Al Ramahi works at a con­struc­tion com­pany in Diera, said he is sup­port­ing his brother fi­nan­cially and has sent lit­tle money to both their fam­i­lies back in Pak­istan.

Mum­taz said: “I will sup­port my brother fi­nan­cially. How­ever, his sit­u­a­tion doesn’t seem to be a tem­po­rary one.

“I don’t mind help­ing him out, al­though I would pre­fer to be send­ing more money to my fam­ily and save a lit­tle at this point of my life in case I de­cide to go back to Pak­istan.

“But I feel that sooner or later my fi­nances will col­lapse en­tirely.”

Mum­taz trans­lated the con­ver­sa­tion with his brother as Li­aqat doesn’t speak English or Ara­bic.

The labour man­ager at Li­aqat’s firm said: “When­ever Li­aqat re­cov­ers, he’s most wel­come to re­join our com­pany... he is a hard worker.”

AC­CI­DENT: Li­aqat with his brother Mum­taz at Al Qasimi Hos­pi­tal in Sharjah; (in­set, left) Li­aqat’s x-rays

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