The governor of an Iranian province hit hard by recent southwest Iran floods that ravaged homes and farmlands made new controversial remarks on Iran’s state-run TV.
“During their visits, the International Red Cross protested that our flood aid was too much and outside of their protocols… and that we should not have given so much aid,” Gholamreza Shariati, the Governor of the southwestern province of Khuzestan told Iran’s state TV.
When asked what he described as too much aid, Shariati cited “facilities and things that were given in the official camps” that the ICRC had complained to the head of the Red Crescent about.
This is not the first time that Khuzestan’s Governor has made controversial remarks during recent floods.
At the height of the southwest Iran floods, a flood-stricken local was captured in an amateur video complaining to the governor about the lack of aid.
The elderly man asked Shariati why the regime continued to give aid to Syria but denied aid to its own people.
“Don’t be so irrelevant! You’re insolent and anti-government! Get lost!” the Governor shouted back then went on to threaten him.
The new controversial remarks about “too much aid” come at a time when locals complain of too little aid. They say that they have lost everything including their homes and lands to the floods but state officials have done little in terms of tangible aid.
According to the UN Office on the Situation in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran spends an average of $6 billion a year in Syria, which is about half the budget allocated to subsidies in Iran.