Let’s get the Mahnaz to sleep!
Perhaps she dreams rainbow in sleep?
For a few moments, let’s get away her from the bitter world of the reality that made her childhood!
Give me your pain
You don’t need to have it,
For you don’t deserve it.
May the stars carry away your sadness,
May hope forever wipe your tears away,
Wipe the tears,
That cover your innocent face May your future be built with your strength
May all your pains forever go away.
Sometimes words can’t explain the greatness of a little child. After losing their mother, this little girl comforts her younger sister in a small village near SarpolZahab, Kermanshah province.
Also, the film of a little boy who took food for his little friend, was another shocking scene that Was considered by tens of thousands of users in social medias.
Yes, this is a true that the purest human emotions occur during human calamities and wars and natural disasters. Why not always have this feeling of solidarity and sympathy between humans?
This is a question that every free person should answer.
41,000 children under 15 years of age get married every year in Iran.
Social scientist and writer, Rayeheh Mozaffarian, announced these figures on the marriage of girl children in Iran and added, “37,117 girls under 15 years of age got married in 2014 with men of various ages, while 1,249 girls in this age got divorced.”
Mozaffarian also revealed that the largest number of girls getting married under 10 years of age are in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan. Next in line are the provinces of Razavi Khorassan, East Azerbaijan, and Khuzistan for marriages of girl children between 10 and 14 years of age in 2014.
Mozaffarian added, “Early pregnancy inflicts the greatest psychological and physical damages on married girl children… Presently, nearly 1,700 pregnant mothers less than 15 years of age are experiencing their first pregnancy.”
She also said, “Based on research done, the largest number of mothers who die between 25 and 30 years of age belong to (the southern Iranian) Province of Hormuzgan. On the average, these women have given birth to three children up to this age. After the third delivery, they face the risk of death.” (The official IRNA news agency, July 30, 2017)
What is the definition of child labour? These are small #Childrenwho are constantly placed at work and mostly deprived of going to school and enjoying their precious childhood. Child labour is banned in many countries and considered so by many international organisations due to the physical and psychological damages inflicted.
“The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (commonly abbreviated as the CRC or UNCRC) is a human rights treaty which set out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children,” as described by Wikipedia. This text aims to defend children’s rights and was adopted in 1990 after ten years of negotiations amongst the UN Member States.
June 12th is commemorated as Child #Labor Day to raise awareness annually on this issue and prevent the spread of this deplorable phenomenon.
In #iran under the mullahs’ rule, however, there are cases of children being sold or families having no choice but sending them off to work. Poverty imposed by the mullahs’ regime is forcing parents to such measures in order to make ends meet.
There are no exact statistics of how many labour children can be found in Iran.
“Around 3 million children are working across the country, according to government organisations. However, investigations carried out by popular organisations indicate over 7 million such childrenspread throughout Iran. Government statistics show around 20,000 such labour children in Tehran alone. In various areas, these children lack any official identification papers and small girls are also seen working as maids.
Most labour children are forced to accept arranged marriages once they reach the age of 10 to 12, according to Tehran’s City Council Social Committee Chairman.
Most of these children are deprived of any education as official numbers show at least 30% of these children don’t go to school, 31% are aged between 6 to 11 and 9% are actually below the age of 6. Unbelievably, 60% of these children are their families’ only source of income.
With each passing day reports show such labour children are involved in a variety of different areas of work. Some are even used to clean the carcases of animals killed for meat. Some are involved in household jobs, others in factories and even carrying heavy loads in provinces bordering neighbouring countries where smugglers are active.
Contracting firms are known to use Afghan migrants’ children to search trash fields for a variety of goods that may be found for sale.
Research shows 45% of labour children and those living on the streets are suffering from illnesses such as AIDS, hepatitis and others. These children are also known to be suffering from malnutrition, being short in height, low weight, skin illnesses and psychological disorders.
Many such children work at least 6 hours a day and don’t eat even a single decent meal, providing the grounds for these children to obtain even more illnesses.
A large number of these children are seen carrying heavy loads and begin suffering from back problems at a very early age. And since they have no access to medical care, such an illness paves the path for even more problems further down the road.
Despite enduring all this suffering these children only receive one fifth of a normal worker’s salary. However, a long slate of risks continuously threatens their lives. If they suffer any injuries, there is no entity willing to provide any support at all.
Those children who are obligated to help their families make ends meet, those who do not have proper IDs, find themselves being sold by their families, not knowing where they will end up.
Iran’s children are suffering from such conditions while year after year the regime provides huge budgets for its vast security, military, political and propaganda machine. For example, 150 trillion tomans (around $42.86 billion) is allocated to state-run TV and radio stations.
A picture is a thousand words…
By Heshmat Alavi
Children addicted to drugs are victims of the corrupt mullahs’ regime in Iran. The numbers have been rising at an alarming rate. In other words, the subject of babies born as drug-addicts is yet another atrocity in the Iranian people’s puzzle of pains and poverty.
Mostafa Saraj, Director of the City Health Department in Tehran Province referred to the fact that 80 to 90 percent of babies born from drug-addicted mothers lose their lives.
“The death of these newborns in nurseries is quite common and we cannot do anything,” he said according to the Salamat News website.
Various organisations report 73% of children suffering from drug addiction are boys and 27% are girls. 31% of these children have not reached the age of going to school, 36% have not gone to school, 20% have dropped out of school and 13% are currently in school. Most of these children are in elementary school.
Drug addiction amongst school children is on the rise due to using “industrial, psychedelics and chemical narcotics”, according to Hassan Mousavi Chalak, head of the Iran Aid Workers Association.
Groups involved in smuggling and distributing narcotics target young schoolchildren as they can be a source of income for years to come, he added.
The budget allocated to confront and prevent drug addiction amongst schoolchildren is far below what is necessary.
“In today’s world, $20 is spent for each student in the fight against drug addiction, while in Iran we are spending half a dollar,” chair of the Iranian parliament’s Education & Research Commission said.
Confirming statistics of 30,000 drug addicts amongst Iran’s schoolchildren, he called on the regime’s officials to blueprint a plan for this issue.
Facts show Iran is in the path of the world’s most active narcotics highway. Despite all the country’s borders being supposedly closed to drug smugglers, a number of drugs found in Iran is literally unbelievable.
Unfortunately, the regime in Iran prefers to have the youth involved in drugs to quell their voice and silence any questioning of the mullahs’ rule. A program by state TV in Iran admitted the drug addiction age has decreased to eight, meaning even small children are now targeted.
How can such a young child become so easily addicted? Many experts argue the reason is drugs in Iran are very easy to obtain. Numbers show these narcotics can be purchased much faster than standing in line at a bakery for a loaf of bread.
All this is taking place at a time when the mullahs’ regime in Iran is continuously jailing and/or executing people under the pretext of drug smuggling, claiming a role in fighting drugs. However, how true is this claim?
“Poverty, people resorting to living in city outskirts and the increasing issue of drug addiction are spreading like a disease across the country while no short or long-term plan is seen to prevent this phenomenon… and children are the main victims,” an expert said, shedding light how Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to take any action in this regard.
“In our hospitals, no care is provided until a child reaches the overdose stage. Iran’s medical system has no initiative to help child drug addicts rehabilitate,” he continued.
Unfortunately, each day three or four babies are born #Addicted To Drugs. Iran is also home to two million child workers. No institution in the #iranian regime has any responsibility to take any action on babies being born addicted and the alarming trend of children becoming addicted to drugs. We are also witnessing how poverty is forcing families to literally sell their newborns.
As long as Iran continues to execute low-profile drug dealers and no action is taken against those in power in Tehran, we will only witness more of the same.
By Donya Jam
The policies of the regime in Iran over the years have no doubt led to a rise of poverty in the country. As result of poverty, malnutrition is increasing and affecting the lives of children in different provinces and villages across Iran. Children are seen suffering from various health problems due to this phenomenon.
Children suffering from malnutrition in the Sistan and Baluchistan province are experiencing thinness and shortage of height. In the Central Zagros region, children are experiencing similar side-effects, however, the situation has worsened to the extent that malnourishment has turned into a norm, according to Salamat News website.
“Malnutrition in the Central Zagros area is completely forgotten, due to the fact that poverty has become part of everyday life amongst villagers,” the news outlet stated. Some pupils are suffering from memory loss and cannot remember their own names anymore. And the body and body parts of children suffering from this phenomenon are smaller than what would be considered average for their age.
Other regions suffering from malnutrition include the Boyer-Ahmad province and villages near Tehran, including Zarafshan, Bagh-e Fayz, Mian Abad and Mousa Abad, and on the beltway near the city of Islamshahr.
It is said that one only needs to visit deprived villages across Iran to witness the depth of this catastrophe. Malnutrition has negatively impacted schoolchildren’s learning abilities as teachers are said to complain of their students’ poor eyesight, smelling and even hearing senses.
Millions across Iran are currently under the poverty line. The fact that 30% of the population can no longer afford a loaf of bread as mentioned by Iran’s deputy health minister Ali Akbar Sayari in Jahan-e Sanat website, shows just how poverty has dramatically deteriorated in the country.
Iran is a country enjoying the 2nd largest natural gas reserves and 4th largest crude oil reserves. However, this money is utilized for the regime’s nuclear program, funding of terrorism and tools to suppress its citizens. Recent revelations illuminate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are aiding allies and proxies such as the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen with billions of dollars per year. Approximately $15-20 billion solely goes to the Assad regime annually.
With Iran’s presidential election just around the corner, the people are suffering more than ever due to the regime’s catastrophic policies. The Iranian regime continues to plunder the nation’s wealth, and it’s the people and children that have to pay the price of the mullahs’ calamitous decisions.
Donya Jam is an Iranian-American human rights activist. She graduated from Shenandoah University in 2016 with a B.A. in political science. You can follow her on twitter @FreeeIran.