Poverty fuelling organ trade in Iran

The National Council of Resistance if Iran (NCRI), has reported gross human right violations due to poverty in Iran.  

Shahin Gobadi, spokesperson for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) has stated that: “The bitter reality is that the overwhelming majority of Iranians are living in poverty and destitution due to the regime’s policies and conduct, such as spending an estimated $300 billion on its nuclear weapons program; and plundering astronomical amounts of the nation’s wealth has become common practice among the regime’s top officials who live a lavish life of luxury.”

A shocking case has come to light, where an Iranian man is selling his eye, in order to earn enough to be able to feed his children.

The trade in illegal organs is booming and many struggling Iranians each day put up one of their kidneys for sale as a source of income in what has become a habitual practice in Iranian society. In the case of the man selling his eye, it has come to light that the man is a 34-year-old father of three who had already sold a kidney six months ago for the equivalent of $2000 in Tehran.

In a rare admission of the level of poverty and destitution among the Iranian population, the state-run daily Shahrara on Saturday (August 8) published the account of the man, which it only identified as M., who was attempting to sell his eye in the city of Mashhad.

The words of M. are sad and shocking. He says that, “There’s no hope left for me, but I don’t want my children to grow up on the streets. What difference does it make to me to have one eye or not.”

“I don’t have anything. I can no longer tolerate this poverty. Do you even understand what it means to have nothing? What it means to eat dry bread? It’s abundantly clear for me that I will end up selling my other organs too. What difference does it make if I have an arm or not? A leg or not? If I have to, I will even sell my skin.”

“Right now there are two buyers who are willing to buy (my eye) for this price and pay all the hospital fees too. I’m also planning to advertise online tomorrow, and if the advert appears nationally I could probably earn more than this.”

The economic situation of the poor is becoming worse as time passes.