I am Santosh KC. I’m originally form Dolakha District of Nepal. I’m a migrant worker based in the Middle East. I was working as lower secondary teacher in the government school in the same village I’m originally from. It was the peak time of Nepalese Maoist civil war, so the political situation in the place was not good. Life was in danger and trapped in the war between the government and militants. Since the situation was poor, I felt immense insecurity of life, so I decided to resign from my decent job and move to the Middle East.
I came to the Middle East in 2003 and have continued until present. I have started my career as a store keeper for a big construction company then moved to another construction firm as a health and safety officer. It has been a really fluctuating life as I have been to almost to all the countries in the GCC.
I have very long working experience in the Middle East and I have observed many issues migrant workers are facing in the region. Through my experience, Nepalese migrant workers are facing similar issues in the Middle East and there was no any form of initiative to work for the migrant workers issue when I came first. There are many issues but there has not been enough effort to solve the problems and in 2017 I found the migrant worker led initiative, Shramik Sanjal working with the purpose to support each other in an organising way through advocacy and I have been actively engaging in this initiative.