MEK: Iranians Sell Body Parts
While October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and several countries take substantial measures toward this objective, Iranians are forced to sell body parts and essential organs to meet their needs owing to escalating poverty.
Amir auctioned his kidneys due to poverty
“Amir, who is about 18 years old, has auctioned his kidneys due to poverty. He doesn’t want more than 500 million Rials. He says he can no longer cope with the landlord’s complaints. On December 2, 2018, the state-run Salamatnews reported that “he and his brother have each decided to sell one of their kidneys and buy a small house with the help of a loan to relieve their mother from the suffering.”
In Iran, selling body parts is nothing new. The People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) highlighted how selling body parts had become a lucrative business in Iran in an exclusive article published in 2019.
“Sellers are those in dire financial need for whom the organ market is the last resort,” the Iranian opposition claims.
Every day, more Iranians succumb to poverty
Every day, more Iranians succumb to poverty as the Iranian regime continues to devour natural resources and use them to fund its criminal activities. Iran’s poverty line varies between 10 and 15 million tomans. Meanwhile, the Iranian worker and employee salary base is estimated to be over four million tomans.
Earlier, regime officials attempted to blame rising costs on wage increases. “A 39 percent increase in salaries in 2021 will cover only 37 percent of the people’s cost of living,” the state-run Kar-o Kargar newspaper reported on September 21. A worker’s monthly wage of 4 million tomans only covers 10 days of the month, and the workers barely survive until the end of the month. They’ll have to cut back on a lot of their essential expenses.” On October 6, the daily Aftab-e Yazd reported.
Most of our economic problems have internal roots
According to the state-run Eghtesad-e Pouya, on October 4, “most of our economic problems have internal roots, and even sanctions are not the main cause of these problems.” It further confirmed that “Most of the sanctions are imposed due to our ideology, and obviously, standing up for ideology will incur costs. But the debate is not about why and how the sanctions are imposed. The question is why do we refuse to take safe paths against sanctions and impose a lot of economic costs on the country?”
International sanctions, it could be said, have also affected Iran’s economy. This notion could only be accepted if the regime lacked the resources to address the needs of the Iranian people. Furthermore, sanctions have been imposed as a result of the regime’s nefarious conduct, including the export of terrorism. As a result, the regime could have all sanctions withdrawn just by ceasing its illegal operations.
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Iranians aspire to a day when no father must sell his heart to guarantee his family’s future, no mother must sell her dignity to make ends meet.
Iran’s persistent poverty has heightened societal unrest. In the previous two years, the world has witnessed massive uprisings in Iran. Protests by people from all walks of life are underway in Iran. As a result, people’s dislike of the regime grows in tandem with poverty in Iran, and it is up to the international community to either maintain the status quo or assist in changing it.
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