On Tuesday, in a developing story about Iran’s ‘butterfly children’, the cause of such phenomenon is said be linked to their ‘impoverished living conditions’. A news report on the same day came in of an unnamed 15-year-old girl who jumped to her death in Tabriz on Saturday April 9th; the young woman’s motive for suicide unknown. These two stories underline the plight of children living in poverty in Iran.
The story turns to focus attention on the ability or willingness of the clerical regime to provide sufficient healthcare to Iran’s 77.45 million population, as well as invest in treatments to manage particularly rare conditions like the congenital disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) which affects Iran’s so called ‘butterfly children’ like Zeinab, Yalda, Hamideh, Zahra, and Daniel, living in a village of South Kerman.
Photos of the children published on state-run websites, including the Fars news agency, since April 5th feature one of these children, ten year old Zeinab Afzalpour, who is ‘struggling with her blisters continuously’.
A resident of Haidarabad Roudbar, Zeinab’s teacher says: “She is incredibly bright in math, and she has a very good learning competence. However, because of the pain she is isolated. She tries to avoid any contact with the other children because the smallest contact causes her wounds to split giving her much pain.”
Pointing out about the recent lifting of sanctions by the US and EU, which recently allowed the regime access to new wealth, the article says that ‘despite the promises of President Rouhani’s government that billions of dollars would provide services to people, thus far the only path of expenses has lined up with [the purchase] of sophisticated weapons, that would only embolden the elite’.
This comes at a time when young people are facing increased ‘social and economic pressures, unemployment, skyrocketing prices, corruption, drug addiction and social distress’ listed as ‘pressures imposed by the repressive police and their meddling in all aspects of [the Iranian] people’s daily lives.’ And because of that, ‘suicides [are] becoming a daily issue in Iran under the mullahs’ rule.’
Viewings of the 15-year-old girl’s ‘images of this young woman before and after her suicide (published alongside the report) raised waves of anger against the mullahs’ on the internet. For the children affected by the congenital disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), hospitals in Iran such as Kahnoj and Jiroft ‘lack proper healthcare services’.
Some officials of the regime have acknowledged that ‘around 80 percent of Iranian people are living below the poverty line.’ And in the face of this hardship, Iran’s ‘butterfly children’ remain hopeful and are blindly cared for by their families and teachers who enable them in reaching their ambitions. Even though the Iranian regime ignores the need ‘to improve [the Iranian] people’s welfare or see to their medical needs.’