An 11-year-old Ahwazi Arab boy named Hamzeh Obeidawi was severely injured in the city of Ahwaz on Thursday (December 10) when a landmine carelessly dumped by Iranian troops outside a nearby regime military camp blew up while he was playing football with friends in a neighbouring playground.
Although the parents of the injured boy, from the Sayahi neighbourhood of Ahwaz, immediately rushed him to the nearby Karami hospital, staff there refused to admit him since his parents could not afford to pay for medical treatment, despite the fact that he was severely injured. Thankfully his parents managed to rush him to Golestan Hospital where he remains in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit.
Many Ahwazi children, as well as adults, have had to undergo amputations as a result of explosions from landmines left in the area near the camp in a similarly negligent manner by the regime military, many of these leftovers from the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The Iranian regime has not yet taken any measures to clean up the region of the mines.
Despite the fact that the Ahwaz region houses over 90 percent of the oil and gas resources claimed by Iran, its people are denied any of the wealth or benefits and deliberately maintained in grinding poverty, part of a policy of systemic anti-Arab racism adopted by successive Iranian regimes since Ahwaz was first occupied in 1925.
Source: Rahim Hamid, Ahwazi human rights activist