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Rice farmers in Iran’s Ahwaz protest in front of the governor’s office

Khuzestan rice farmers say they need water to live
Khuzestan rice farmers say they need water to live

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May 13, 2018 - On Saturday, May 12, a group of rice farmers in Ahwaz, Khuzestan, gathered in front of the governor’s office to protest against water management and distribution rules. The protester’s banners read: “We need water to stay alive.”

Due to its water resources, rice farming has been one of the main occupations in ’s Khuzestan province. However, the Iranian regime’s government-backed institutions, especially the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), have in past years adopted a number of unconstructive policies that have resulted in the drying of the province’s water sources. An example is the drying of the Hoor al-Azim marshes, which the regime did to extract oil from the region. The project has destroyed the only source of income that many of the province’s farmers.

These projects have also had other negative environmental impacts, such as the dust crisis that Khuzestan is grappling with.

Given the high unemployment rate across Iran, the affected farmers can’t even go find employment in cities and are left with nothing to make ends meet.

Ahwaz is one of several provinces that is suffering from water problems, all of which stem from the government’s bad policies and its priority to line the pockets of its own officials and institutions. In recent months similar protests have erupted in Isfahan province, where farmers are also being negatively affected from water policies.


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