Iranian Children Denied an Education Because They Can’t Afford Shoes
By Staff Writer
Roughly 12,000 children in Khuzestan province, southwest Iran, are being deprived of their education and, according to Zeinab Fathali Poor, an expert in Khuzestan’s Social Welfare Bureau, many of them are prevented from attending school just because they don’t have shoes.
This level of poverty should be unthinkable in a province that is so rich in oil resources, but Khuzestan’s people, like most Iranian citizens, are heavily impoverished due to the Iranian Regime’s decisions to divert money towards its nuclear weapons development and terrorist militias, rather than help the Iranian people.
In fact, according to the general manager of the Bureau of nutrition improvement in the Ministry of Health, the people of Khuzestan are suffering from malnutrition and many more problems.
In Masjed Soleyman, a city in the northeast of the province, growing poverty and unemployment have caused suicide numbers to spike, while in the city of Ramhormoz, unemployment has risen above 50%.
In the city of Shadegan, just 17 km away from the Karun river – one of the largest in Iran – the city is suffering a severe water shortage, which even the Regime’s payment acknowledges. Their MP said that the lake has dried out and the Regime has transferred their water to other places, with only unpurified water left to drink.
While in Minoo Island and Shalamche, to the West of the province, many families lack school uniforms for each of their girls and they have to take it in turns to attend school, with many ultimately quitting as their families cannot afford the cost of schooling, uniforms, or even the commute.
Simply put, the poverty in Khuzestan province is directly linked to the regime’s corruption and mismanagement, which is only getting worse as time passes.
Many factories have been closed down due to the disastrous policies of the regime, while many once fertile farmlands and date trees have dried out because of the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) dam-building projects that divert water to their own factories rather than to grow food to feed the Iranian people.
Now, the province is seeing more protests and strikes against the Regime, which are part of the nationwide protests that began in December. Strikes by workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in central Khuzestan and taxi drivers across the province have become part of daily life.
The regime is responding with oppressive measures but the people of Khuzestan are getting ready for another uprising against the dictatorship.