As we gear to welcome 2018 with celebrations across the globe, it is morally correct to take a moment and think about the lesser fortunate in such times, Forbes Magazine reported.
The world’s most powerful earthquake in 2017 shook Iran’s western governorate of Kermanshah, leaving at least several hundred people killed, while posts on social media showed locals speaking of the death toll being in the thousands, and scores more injured.
For the survivors, despite living in a country sitting on an ocean of oil and gas, their hardships continue as we speak.
Iran, being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, stands accused of allocating billions to prop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, funding the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist militia, supporting Yemen’s Houthis and backing its militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).
This goes alongside further billions pumping into a controversial and unnecessary nuclear program, and a dangerous ballistic missile drive.
The Iranian people are continuously seen protesting the regime's policies.
On Thursday a large number of protesters took to the streets in the cities of Mashhad, Neyshabur, Kashmar and Birjand in northeast Iran, protesting unemployment, poverty and skyrocketing prices.
Protesters were also seen chanting, "Death to Rouhani" and "Death to the Dictator," in reference to the regime's president and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, respectively.
Major protest erupts today in north-east #Iran city of Mashhad against economic corruption & rising cost of living. Angry chants of "Death to Rouhani" & "Death to Dictator". #FreeIran @4FreedominIran pic.twitter.com/5dBgLNSrAj
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) December 28, 2017
As we speak, at least 85,000 earthquake victims are enduring dire circumstances, while longing meaningful government aid after more than six weeks into this ordeal.
Evaluations show around 18,000 homes are completely destroyed in this area and another 50,000 have suffered major damages.
The mayor of Sar Pol-e Zahab, the main town targeted by the quake, says many of those whose lives have been ruined remain waiting for trailers. The situation has also been discussed in the country’s parliament.
“Only 1,500 trailers have been sent and installed in the quake-stricken area by people’s charity,” Heshmattollah Falahat-Pishe, a member of Iran’s parliament said.
“Arrangements were made for 400 trailers to be installed daily. This has not been realized and people are very unhappy with the process. Some villages have not received a single trailer.”