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Poverty and discrimination force Ahwazis into mine clearance

Poverty and discrimination force Ahwazis into mine clearance
Ahwazna
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Anti-personnel mines are claiming lives  of Ahwazi Arabs, according to recent reports.

 Mine explosions were reported in Sahel Maysan, Alebsetin in November as local Arabs were employed in mine-sweeping along border areas, according to the head of the local judiciary Hamid Azakereh.

 One landmine expert told ISNA that 29,406 hectares of farmlands are affected by landmines with  an estimated 16 million still lying in the region. In terms  of landmine prevalence, Iran is rated second worse in  the world with all  the mines located in  the provinces  of Elam, Al-Ahwaz, Kermanshah, West Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. In  an interview Nader Torfi, the expert stated that two people were severely injured and one died during landmine clearance in November.

 

Land mines dating from  the Iran-Iraq War occur in a large area of Al-Ahwaz, including Sahel Maysan, Al-Howaiza, Al-Mohammerah and Shalamcheh. Land mines have claimed hundreds  of lives  and maimed scores more in  the Al-Ahwaz region since  the war ended in 1988.

Poverty  and unemployment has prompted many Ahwazi Arab youth to work in  the hazardous occupation  of mine clearance, without adequate protection or equipment and putting themselves at great risk. At the same time, they are denied opportunities in the oil, steel and petrochemicals industries, which are the region's main economic activities.

Source: Ahwaz News Agency


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