30 Years Since the Iran-Iraq War, The Suffering Continues for Ahwazis in War-Devastated Cities

In this short film,  Ahwazi Arab locals in the  cities  of Mohammareh and Abadan near the Iran-Iraq border in Iran talk about the horrendous suffering there, lamenting the medieval conditions of destitution,  deprivation and medieval poverty, despite the Ahwaz region housing  over 90 percent of the oil and gas wealth claimed by Iran.

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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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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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92 years of injustice, exploitation, and crackdown: the tragedy of Ahwaz continues

For 92 years to date, successive regimes have denied the Ahwazi Arab peoples the most basic rights, imposing policies that can only be described as apartheid in nature. Dehumanised and vilified by Iran for their Arab identity and subjected to relentless oppression and systematic injustice, Ahwazis’ long struggle for freedom and rights has been ignored by the world.

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Stolen Future, Trampled Rights: The Tragedy of Hamidiyeh in Al-Ahwaz

Three years have passed since Hamidiyeh, a densely populated district, subordinated to Ahwaz city, was officially recognized as a city. However, since it was declared a city, no substantial resources were allocated to the city nor any semblance of municipal facilities.

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Rural Ahwazi children walk miles daily along dangerous routes simply to attend school

The rural people of the marginal villages located on the highway between the city of Abadan and Ahwaz capital are stuck in acute suffering at all levels. Al-Soweyseh village lies about 20 Km away from the capital city of Ahwaz and administratively subordinated to Kot Abdullah county.

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Gradual, irreversible destruction of rural Ahwazis’ lands and lives

Because of its proximity to the Iraqi border, the village of Samaneh suffered severe loss and damage during the Iran-Iraq War (1981-1988) and many of its Arab population were forced to relocate to other areas. The village has a significant number of injured men and women, wounded during the war and its aftermath. The locals say that the number of upper and lower limb amputees continues to increase due to the legacy of the huge amount of mines laid by the Iranian regime during the war.

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