Absolute poverty in Iran “The hidden truth”

Absolute poverty in Iran

In Iran with a population of more than 80 million, the 18th-most-populous country in the world with a land area considered as the second-largest country in the Middle East, more than 40%  are living below the poverty line.

Iran is the second largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region after Saudi Arabia, with an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016 of $412.2 billion—Iran ranks second in the world in natural gas reserves and fourth in proven crude oil reserve, according to an October 2017 report by the World Bank.

Absolute poverty in Iran, the result of plundering and corruption within the Iranian regime

A family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty, Hossein Raghfar told state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) April 7.

Numerous Images and footages shared on social media inside Iran embody the absolute poverty, unemployment, suicide, and self-immolation in Iranian cities.


A girl student has to endure hardships to secure a livelihood by waxing the shows on Tehran’s streets.


A 12-year-old boy in Abadan named Maysam, one day after his mother sold his mobile phone and bike to pay back the home rental, hanged himself and ended his life.

Maysam, a privileged student, told his friend last night that he had decided to commit suicide and his friend tried to dissuade him from this decision.


In Varamin – Tehran an old woman has been thrown herself in front of the municipal bulldozer in protest of destroying her home by the municipality.


Throughout Iran’s cities, there are announcements on the walls, affixed to a telephone number for selling body organs.

Unlike any other country in the world, it is legal to sell organs and there are even dozens of organ supply units spread across the country.

A government foundation registers buyers and sellers, matches them up and sets a price per organ, like kidney, liver, blood, cornea, bone marrow, etc.


Some sociologists use the term ‘proletarianization’ to refer to the middle class, meaning the poverty has spread so much that it has practically destroyed the middle class and pushed its population towards lower classes and the country’s army of jobless.


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