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Iran: MPs acknowledge alarming poverty & food shortage crisis

Iranian child searching for food in garbage
Iranian child searching for food in garbage

Analysis by PMIO/MEK


Iran, May 30, 2018 - Two members of the Iranian regime’s so-called parliament have recently raised alarm bells regarding food shortages in four of the country’s provinces. 75 percent of Sistan & Baluchistan Province in southeast Iran are living in poverty, especially food shortages.

“Sistan & Baluchistan Province ranks as the worst such province, followed by Hormozgan, Bushehr and South Khorasan,” according to Mohammad Amini Fard, a representative from Sistan & Baluchistan in the regime’s parliament.

“Sistan & Baluchistan Province ranks very low regarding development and unjust wealth distribution, and unfortunately due to the lack of natural resources and an 18-year drought, the province is facing an enormous food shortage. This is why villagers have migrated to the outskirts of cities such as Zabol, Zahedan and Chabahar,” he said.

University studies show the provincial population’s is lower in height and weight in comparison to the country’s averages, Amini Fard continued.

Food poverty

Alim Yar Mohammadi, a parliament member from Zahedan, highlighted the grave circumstances of 75 percent of the province’s population grasping with food poverty.

“The people of this province’s villages don’t have adequate drinking water or even bread. By any standards they are living in very poor conditions,” he said.

“This province is home to all kinds of illnesses and this cannot be denied. Even in the city of Zahedan more than 350,000 people lack adequate running water and water trucks provide for many parts of the city,” Mohammadi added.

“When the people of this province don’t enjoy adequate food supplies, it is highly likely people will start eating the meat of animals such as cats and crows. Various villages in the south near Chabahar are witnessing far worse conditions,” he continued.

Wheat crops were the only source of income for this province. With that destroyed the locals literally do not have any revenues. Unfortunately, lack of proper management has resulted in people moving to other areas across the province. This has the potential of resulting in deep negative impacts for the entire country.

Iranian regime officials only talk about the country’s problems. Interesting how none provide any insight into the reasons, as if invisible hands are bringing about such difficulties for the people.

For forty years the mullahs’ regime has been known to destroy the country for their own benefits while deceitfully talking about the people’s problems here and there.

The Iranian people are responding these days in their numerous protests and nationwide strikes.

Chanting “Death to Dictator” and “Death to the mullahs’ regime,” this goes to show how the Iranian populace has reached it limits and is demanding regime change.