Ahwazi villages become ghost towns due to pollution, lack of water in the shadow of Iranian regime oilfields

According to Ahwazi eyewitnesses who visited more than 10 villages located in the oil-rich ‘Crete’ region near Ahwaz city, the wretched suffering of residents in these almost forgotten villages where the regime has established dozens of oil and gas fields in the surrounding area is beyond words.

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Iranian MP slams regime, oil companies for drilling in renowned wetlands, forcibly displacing more Ahwazis

An MP from the Arab Ahwaz region of Iran confirmed in a recent Iranian state media report that the regime is deliberately draining the globally renowned Hor al-Azim wetlands to drill for oil, displacing the indigenous Arab people living nearby who have fished its waters for generations, despite the regime’s claims to wish to stabilise the region. 

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World-renowned marshlands facing environmental catastrophe

Ahwazi Arab inhabitants who are living in the vicinity of marshes and wetlands, such as that of Hor-Al-Azim (which has dried up because of the actions of the Iranian oil companies), frequently release video clips that demonstrate the horrific surge of sand storms from the dried wetlands.

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Ahwazi Arab villages in south west of Iran trapped in cycle of oppression after their farmlands forcibly confiscated by Iranian regime

This short film documents crimes such as the destruction of a village, destruction of farmland, forcible confiscation of land, air and water contamination, denial of employment of Ahwazi Arabs and the creation of barriers and enclaves around their farmlands, thus cutting off the local Arabs from their livelihood and deliberately restricting their access to natural resources.

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Ahwazis Appeal to International Community to Intervene and Save Their Lives from Pollution Threat

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2011, Ahwaz city  had the worst air pollution in the world marked by “the highest count of small airborne particles out of 1,100 urban areas around the world,” that can cause “asthma, heart disease and lung cancer.” 

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Lifting the lid off the Ahwaz oil and gas industry – and the price the Ahwazis pay for it

Ahwaz is a region very rich in oil and gas resources and could, as a result, be termed an energy superpower. However, as long as geopolitical ambitions related to natural resources play a key role in the creation and deconstruction of countries, such an abundance can become a curse rather than a blessing.

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