A boy named Kanani died in the war-torn area of Fakkah in the west of Ahwaz on Saturday, April 8th, when he accidentally detonated a landmine, a remnant of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
While tending to his livestock, Kanani, suffered serious injuries after the explosion of a landmine in the Fakkah desert, and was transferred to the General Hospital in Susa(Shush) and has died there. According to official statistics, landmines that were left behind from warfare during the Iran-Iraqi war killed 437 people and wounded 864 others in western Ahwaz from 1988 to 2012 alone.Statistics also show that an estimated 2 million hectares of land are still peppered with landmines. Since the beginning of 2017, sources at the Ahwaz Monitor say that two people have died and four have been wounded in the areas of Quneitra, Musian, Susa and Maysan.Despite the danger, Iranian authorities have refused to address the issue by clearing the mines from the border and instead offered a callous response to the crisis.
In a 2015 press conference, Brigadier “Ali Shahbazian,” commander of the 92 armored division of the army of the Iranian regime, said, “We will not cleanse the land border between Ahwaz and Iraq for security reasons.”Because Iran has turned a blind eye to the problem, children are killed and maimed while doing the things children are supposed to do, playing sports or helping with family chores, walking home from school. Also, thirteen-year-old Hamzah Obeidawi was severely injured in the city of Ahwaz on December 10, 2016, when a landmine dumped by Iranian troops outside a nearby regime military camp blew up while he was playing football with friends in a nearby playground.
To make things worse, once in need of care, the injured are often refused medical treatment. Although the parents of a severely injured boy, from the Sayahi neighborhood of Ahwaz, immediately rushed their son to the nearby Karami hospital, the staff there refused to admit him since his parents could not afford to pay for medical treatment. Thankfully, Hamzah parents managed to rush him to Golestan Hospital where he remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit as his leg has been amputated.
Many Ahwazi children, as well as adults, have had to undergo amputations as a result of explosions from landmines left in the area near the camp in a similarly negligent manner by the regime military. The Iranian regime has not taken any measures to clear away the mines.Despite the fact that the Ahwaz region houses over 90 percent of the oil and gas resources that the Iran elite profit from, its people are denied any of the wealth or benefits and instead are deliberately kept in crushing poverty—part of a systemic policy of anti-Arab racism adopted by successive Iranian regimes since Ahwaz was first occupied in 1925.