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The tragic conditions of earthquake victims in Sarpol-e Zahab

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Dec. 6, 2018 - Last year, Iran’s Kermanshah province was hit by a devastating earthquake, which left hundreds dead, thousands injured. The earthquake also left tens of thousands of people without home and shelter. More than a year after the disaster, the people of Kermanshah are still reeling in its aftermath due to the Iranian regime’s corrupt policies and its mismanagement of the country’s most vital needs.

One Iranian resistance unit has traveled to Sarpol-e Zahab and filmed a report on the conditions of the citizens of this small city, which was located in one of the areas that were hardest hit by the earthquake.

“As you can see, more than a year after the disastrous earthquake of Kermanshah, the people of Sarpol-e Zahab are still living in tents and makeshift trailers and are deprived of their most basic needs,” the reporting resistance unit member says. “Regime officials and authorities don’t respond to the the needs of the people. What should we do?”



Another video shows houses that, despite the passage of 13 months, are still empty scaffoldings. “This is the Fouladi section of Sarpol-e Zahab. These houses have been abandoned in this state because of the lack of funding,” the reporter says. The government has refrained from sending relief efforts and engage in construction projects to rebuild the destroyed city. Many of the homes have not progressed any further than empty scaffolds, because their owners can’t afford to pay for the construction of their homes and the regime is doing nothing to help them.

The video further shows an old lady sitting on a chair, with a sad, empty stair. “This women has suffered from a stroke. She has no income. She needs help,” the voice says.



In another part of the city, the people are living in the Ahmad bin Ishaq cemetery out of desperation and lack of access to proper housing facilities. Videos show tents erected amidst the graves and the people of the city living in harsh conditions.

“Every second of silence will achieve nothing but death and destruction not only for ourselves but also for our future generations,” the brave member of the resistance unit says. “Sooner or later, the future generations will ask us, ‘What did you do?’”

The resistance unit member calls on fellow Iranians to help out those who are in need.