[The report, prepared by Fars News Agency, slams Rouhani, and his government’s economic performance. By talking to people who live in slums and villages, the reporter tries to show that Rouhani’s claims regarding good economic performance by reducing inflation are false, as it has had no positive impacts on poor people’s lives. Very poor people talk to the reporter, and explain about their difficulties, hard lives, lack of access to education, health, water, etc.]
Rouhani’s unbelievable gift to the poor!
Rouhani claims a good economic performance by saying “we thank God that by God’s grace, we didn’t become ashamed in front of people.”
Reporter asks about the condition of life: How many of you live here?
–How many? 10, 12 people.
The Reporter continues: 10, 12 people live in this place?
Reporter enquires: How many of you live here?
Reporter asks: 10 people live in this room?
Rouhani claim is repeated: We thank God that by God’s grace, we didn’t become ashamed in front of people.
–I’m blind. This leg is paralyzed. And I am blind in this eye.
Reporter asks: How do you live on these 10 sheep?
–What can we do? There is only cash subsidy.
The reporter explains how poor people have not received cash subsidies so far: This is the 6th year of paying cash subsidy, but still 4,000 needy villagers have not received any. When they are talking everywhere about eliminating high-income people from the list of those who receive cash subsidies, there are destitute people here in southern Kerman whose names apparently have never entered the list.
Rouhani’s claim is repeated: We promised people that in 2016-2017, we will reduce the inflation to a single digit, and thank God, we did not become ashamed.
Reporter asks: How do you live if you don’t have any income?
–In poverty. With cash subsidy.
The reporter follows up: You live on cash subsidy.
–Yes, I swear to God.
Interviewee explains how the cash subsidy system has failed to register him: We don’t get cash subsidy. Web sites are closed. We spend 20 tomans, 30 tomans to go there. They say websites are closed. Then we go the month after. And just like that. It has been several years they are paying cash subsidy, but we don’t get any.
Reporter asks: What if your cash subsidy is cut off?
–We should die.
Rouhani brags about JCPOA: It is the art of diplomacy to open difficult doors easily.
Reporter asks about children’s health: What is the problem with your children?
–They are blind.
The reporter continues: Both of them?
–Yes, both of them.
Reporter asks a follow-up question: Did you take them to doctor for treatment?
–No, it is very expensive.
Reporter puts a question to the interviewer: What will you do when your kids get sick?
–They should die.
Rouhani’s claim is repeated: We thank God that by God’s grace, we didn’t become ashamed in front of people.
–It is cold at night. We tremble with cold.
Reporter asks: You only make fire with woods? Don’t you have any heaters?
–No. What heater? We use fire here.
Another claim by Rouhani: We promised people that in 2016-2017, we will reduce the inflation to a single digit, and thank God, we did not become ashamed.
–I have 10 children. And we live miserably.
Reporter asks about children’s education: Do they go to school?
–They go to school. A teacher comes two, three days a week. The children won’t become anything.
The reporter continues: The teacher doesn’t come every day?
–No, they won’t become anything.
Reporter asks: How far is it to the well to bring water? Is it very far?
Reporter enquires: How many times per day do you go to bring water?
–5 or 6 times per day.
Rouhani’s claim: We thank God that by God’s grace, we didn’t become ashamed in front of people.
The reporter asks: Then, how is health conditions? Do doctors come to see you?
–From health ministry.
The reporter continues: How often do they come?
–Once or twice a month.
Reporter asks: How much is your flour quota?
–This is all our flour.
Rouhani’s full statement is given for the first time: The government made promises to people in the beginning of this year and end of last year. We thank God that by God’s grace, we didn’t become ashamed in front of people. It is the art of diplomacy to open difficult doors easily. Some people think that we should only make fists, and constantly shout.