In this heartbreaking video footage, an Iranian woman breaks down in tears of desperation and hopelessness at the grinding poverty and debt which have left her wondering if she will survive until the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan, set to begin shortly.
The interviewer asks her: “What is your problem?”
The woman responds: “I swear to God I have nothing, I have nothing. Now I am in debt to the sum of 300 Tomans [around the US $80]. We don’t have the money to pay off this debt. I swear on the Quran, I swear on the Quran, I don’t know whether I’ll survive until the arrival of Eid or not. I have such grief and heartache; look at our run-down home; its walls are soaking wet – the damp has spread through the walls.”
Although the worsening catastrophic poverty afflicting the poorest and most vulnerable people in Iran has led to rapidly escalating levels of suicide, especially in the already poor and marginalized regions such as Ahwaz, Baluchistan, and the Kurdish areas, this has not prevented the country’s regime from continuing with its apparently unlimited funding of war and terrorist proxies across the Levant region as it continues with its project to build a regional theocratic ‘Islamic nation’.