Suicide rates in Ahwaz increase due to poverty

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Ahwaz Monitor has received news from reliable sources that a young Ahwazi man died in Ahwaz on Tuesday, 11 April, hanging himself in the Ahwaz capital’s Klan market.

The young man is named as Ali Abiat, 20, married with one child. His wife had left him and returned with their child to live with her parents as a result of the economic hardship caused by the racist policies of the Iranian regime which prevents Ahwazi Arab youths being employed by government companies.

Photographic evidence shows the Iranian health service team ignoring him, even after he had died, and ordinary citizens taking down and carrying away his body.

An eye witness’s neighbour who did not wish to be named, said that Ali, like many other Ahwazi Arabs, had been desperately looking for any kind of job to cover his family’s daily needs and pay off the debts relating to his wedding expenses. He had been suffering very badly emotionally since his wife left him,

The number of Ahwazi Arab unemployed has risen significantly in recent months due to the large numbers of Persian settlers and immigrants from central Persian regions like Yazd and the Isfahan provinces arriving in the Ahwaz region  to take advantage of the Iranian regime’s policy of recruiting  non-Arab  workforces, depriving  the local Ahwazi Arabs of access to employment opportunities.   This is a part of the systematic policy of the occupying regime to kill the spirit of national resistance of young Arabs and force them to search for subsistence outside their homeland Ahwaz.

The appalling economic conditions, brought about in this the most oil-rich region of Iran by the barbaric ethnic oppression and inhuman policies of the Mullahs regime, are the prime causes of the high profile of suicides among Ahwazi Arab people, most of which are carried out in public by hanging, or self-immolation.

Karim Khalaf Dohimi, an Ahwazi rights activist, speaking to Ahwaz Monitor, said, “There is a surge of high incidence of suicide across Al-Ahwaz due to poverty and the high rate of unemployment as well as the closure of the Ahwazi Arab free market that led to Ahwazi youth and especially those who are married to commit suicide”.

 He added that “the suicide attempts also increased in rural areas in Ahwaz since 90 percent of Ahwazi Arab people in rural areas are suffering from poverty and very low income. They are overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture and fishing for their food but these people have been left with no alternative source of income after their entire arable lands on the banks of the Karoon River were forcibly confiscated by regime officials with very low compensation.  As a result, they are vulnerable to crisis and many of them migrated to cities seeking for a job along with living in shanty areas”.

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