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Iran: A Destroyed Country

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Under the rule of the mullahs, Iran has become a rickety country, like a house that desperately needs to be renovated from the ground up. This is what one of the regime’s state-run dailies, the Ebtekar, wrote in their latest publication, “Do not let the country become rickety.”

The truth of the situation is that this has happened a long time ago. The Iranian regime has run the country into the ground and as a result, there is nothing left for the Iranian people, and the regime is no longer able to rectify its mistakes.

The Ebtekar daily explained, “For years, various crises have plagued the country. It seems that we are slowly getting used to living in a crisis. There are various reasons why we are stuck in the middle of such a crisis.”

They added, “An important factor of overflowing crises or at least the aggravation of these crises is the erosion of the country’s infrastructure. The country has become rickety in different areas. Various sectors are declining due to a lack of investment. The air fleet, industry, civil infrastructure, etc. have all been destroyed.”

Education

In an interview with the Madreseh Press website, Esmail Ola, a member of the faculty of Farhangian University, said, “The education system with about 15 million students and one million teachers is in a situation where teachers, students, and families, are not satisfied. Part of this dissatisfaction is the result of the political and economic conditions prevailing in the society, education has never been able to become one of the priorities of the policy-making, budgeting, monitoring, and decision-making system.”

According to official statistics, there are 935,000 students who have dropped out of school across Iran, children aged between 6 to 18 years who have had no choice but to abandon their education due to various problems.

The state of the country’s roads

According to the Central Insurance Research Institute, “Iran ranks second among 190 countries in the world in terms of unsafe driving accidents. Statistics show that 9 people are killed for every 10,000 cars in the world; While in Iran, this equation leads to the death of 37 people. This year, only in the first 9 months of the year, 13,142 people died in traffic accidents and 244,646 people were injured.”

The condition of hospitals and medical centers

Research has found that 477 hospitals in the country are not in good safe condition. Old, dilapidated, unsafe hospitals are endangering the safety of patients and medical staff; A problem that has been talked about for a long time after many catastrophic incidents that have taken place. This sector is often forgotten due to budget shortages and of course the lack of serious determination to correct it by the regime.

Housing situation

An expert of the Social Welfare Studies Office in the regime’s Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare stated, “The most important challenge of housing poverty in urban areas is the lack of access to affordable housing and the most important challenge of housing poverty in rural areas is poor housing, the main cause of which is the type of ‘materials’ used for construction.”

They added, “Based on this, the rate of lack of access to affordable housing in urban areas is 49% (9.5 million households) and the rate of poor housing in rural areas is 40% (2.4 million households). Considering a family of four in each average household, nearly 50 million are living in housing poverty in Iran.”

Environmental crises

Looking at the environmental situation in Iran, it is apparent that all the environmental factors in this country are in crisis and turmoil. Over the last forty years, more than 20 million hectares of pastures have been changed, and many animal and plant species are now extinct.

Regardless of the ecological strength of the land, unbalanced and unsustainable agriculture has developed. More than 86 billion cubic meters of renewable water is harvested in the agricultural sector, while the yield gap is about 60%; meaning that only 40% of the yield potential of plants in Iran is converted into harvestable yield, and of this amount, about 30 million tons are turned into waste.

Unsettled agricultural conditions have caused the most damage to water resources, causing the drying up of wetlands, soil erosion, land subsidence, desertification, soil salinization, and the emergence of new fine dust centers. The use of poisons and chemical fertilizers in Iran’s agriculture is far beyond international standards, the neglect of the expiration date of poisons increases their shelf life and is now considered a factor in threatening people’s health.

Poverty line

The Social Security Organization of the regime reported a few months ago that, “At least 30% of Iran’s population now lives below the poverty line. However, unofficial statistics say that this part of Iran’s population reaches 50% of the country’s total population, which means something around 42 million Iranians.”

Unemployment

The regime’s Statistics Center published the results of the labor force census plan this spring (2022), according to which 2.13 percent of the university graduates of the country were unemployed. During this period, the graduates of higher education centers have equated to around 40% of the total unemployed people in Iran.

Hojjatollah Abdolmaleki, the regime’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, recently said, “According to official statistics, we have about 2.4 million unemployed people, 2.2 million people with partial or unstable employment, and about 2 million people who are desperate to find work in the country, who are not part of the active population.”

He further added, “Also, currently 9.7 million people are facing low-income employment and 4.5 million people have informal employment and do not have insurance.”

Addiction

The former director general of the research and training office in the regime’s anti-narcotics headquarters stated, “There are 4,4 million constant and non-constant drug users in the country, and with their families, about 15 million of the country’s population are affected by the consequences of the drugs.”

According to the General Department of Public Relations and International Affairs of the Forensic Medical Organization of Iran, the number of drug abuse deaths in 2021 increased by 15.2 percent compared to the previous year, and this year so far, addictions have killed 5,342 people.

Human Rights

On 16 December 2021, the regime was condemned in the United Nations General Assembly, the highest international authority, for the 68th time due to the violation of basic human rights and the high number of executions, especially the execution of teenagers and children, as well as torture and cruel treatment of inmates in Iranian prisons.

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