Child Death Rates Rising in Iran

Image courtesy of Heart4Iran.

According to Humanium.org, more than 100 Iranian children die from famine, street fights, and illness each month. These aren’t the only dangers threatening Iran’s next generation.

In an unexpected move, Iranian leaders recently acknowledged the exploitation of children. However, Heart4Iran’s Jennifer Shamoon says the data is vastly underestimated.

“Iranian officials reported about 4,600 children were living in poverty and collecting garbage on the streets of Tehran to sell,” Shamoon says.

“When Iranian officials announce a number, you can double it because they’re not telling the truth. They’re trying to mask everything.”

Officials claim up to 95-percent of at-risk children are Afghan refugees. “Ever since the Russian involvement, there has been [an influx] of Afghan refugees living below the line of poverty in Iran,” Heart4Iran’s Mike Ansari says.

“However, we cannot deny that the problem has been magnified since August of last year when the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Not only in Iran but also in the neighboring countries where you have refugees.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

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