Since the beginning of their rule in Iran, the ayatollahs are responsible for millions of deaths inside and abroad. The high intensity of words and phrases like execution, suicide, immolation, organ selling, and sleeping in cars, roofs, graves, and appliances’ cardboard, as well as ongoing news about the death of children, display how the rulers see the people.
In other words, these realities reveal that not only does the Iranian government violate the opponent’s fundamental human rights, but it does not care about people’s livelihood and welfare. Rampant poverty, high prices, inflation, expanded gap between society and state show the government drives the country to misery and backward.
The Islamic Republic founder Ruhollah Khomeini led millions of people, including teenagers and minors, to an eight-year war of erosion with Iran’s western neighbor Iraq. Khomeini and his eulogists, like current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and former President and Propaganda Minister Mohammad Khatami, incited children to sacrifice their lives for opening minefields.
They exploited teenagers’ religious beliefs in order to continue the war. Then-commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mohsen Rezaei called innocent children “one-time use soldiers.” Once, he spoke about between 360,000 to 400,000 school and college students who the attended war fronts. Since the end of the war in 1988, the Islamic Republic occasionally parades those children’s remaining bones to deceive others and gain a social base.
However, the real number of children who fell victim to the government’s goals is far higher. In addition to the war’s victims, Iranian officials have destroyed the lives of millions of children by spreading poverty and misery among citizens. Dropouts of school and child laborers, vendors, and garbage-collectors are seen in almost all of Iran’s provinces. Furthermore, suicide among minors is the flipside of these social phenomena.
In its February 17 edition, Aftab-e Yazd daily pointed out an ongoing catastrophe in Ahvaz city, Khuzestan province’s capital. “Danial’s death for which sin?” the daily titled, attracting attention to the dire condition of Ahvaz’s infrastructure.
“There is no end for the tragic death of Ahvaz’s children. Children soon bid farewell to their world due to the officials’ indifference about the sewage problem. Two-year-old Danial Navaseri from Darvishieh area in Kut-Abdollah district has just lost his life to fall in open sewage runnel,” wrote the daily.
“There is an open sewage system in this area, and it had not built a standard system for sewage. In August 2020, one-year-old girl Sedigheh Heydari fell into the open sewage system and lost her life. Before her, children like Mohammad Sadegh Zargani, in March 2016, one and half-year-old Mohammad Erfan Abidavi, in May 2018, and three-year-old Ali Baravieh, in August 2018, had died of the same way,” said Gholamreza Safarnejad, chief of Ahvaz’s Water and Sewage Organization.
Social media activists reflected on this ongoing drama. “This boy would be with his family if we had a sewage system,” posted an activist.
“I remember my little brother when his head was tainted with blood and sewage. The pain is that these sewage wells are getting victims after 20 years,” wrote another activist. “Is there anyone to provide four lids for these wells?” posted an activist. “This is the official’s imprudence that kills innocent children,” another activist added. “No one would realize what is going on in Ahvaz and how ridiculously this city is being governed!” wrote an activist.
Notably, President Hassan Rouhani promoted former Khuzestan Governor Gholamreza Shariati as the head of Standard Organization on February 14. This promotion shows a perfect view of the Islamic Republic’s system and how imprudent officials gain significant positions.
Now, Shariati’s standard seems to engulf the country, and Iran would face many more dilemmas under the shadow of Rouhani’s new appointee. Surprisingly, the new Standard Organization’s head was involved in the mass killing of dozens of protesters in Khuzestan province during the gas protests in November 2019, which sounded alarms about more deaths and misery in various cities.