An article on the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) highlights the poor living conditions many people in Iran are subjected to.
Morteza Mir-Bagheri, the Iranian regime’s Deputy Interior Minister, has admitted that in 1,200 towns in Iran the rate of unemployment has reached 70 percent. He also acknowledged that the rate of unemployment is between 40 and 60 percent in 420 counties across Iran.
Mir-Bagheri said that the increasing level of poverty during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency has contributed to numerous other social problems. For example, the country has seen an unprecedented spike in the divorce rate which is 100 to 23.6. In other words, for every 100 marriages, 23.6 will end in divorce.
He also said that almost 15 million Iranians do not have access to the most basic of social services. Not only are 10 million people living in slums, but five million are surviving in ghettos. He said: “We have a number of projects to cut down on the population of suburbs … There has been a 100% growth in the number of people living in slums.”
Addiction is another problem that has reached a peak in Iran and the regime is unable to deal with it. The problem is worsening as not only are females becoming more and more addicted, but now the addicts are becoming younger and younger. The drugs themselves are another source of concern because more than a quarter of the drugs consumed are hard drugs which are now being produced within the borders of Iran. Drug rehabilitation is also extremely ineffective as 90% of people who attend drug rehabilitation centres fall back into addiction soon after.
The Deputy Interior Minister referred to a meeting of government officials with Ali Khamenei – the regime’s Supreme Leader – regarding social vulnerabilities. Apparently issues such as the ones mentioned above were discussed, and will once again be brought up in a few weeks. He said: “In the supreme leader’s Nowruz message, his Excellency referred to the relation between a ‘resistance economy’ and the reduction of social vulnerabilities, which shows the supreme leader’s interest in the issue of social vulnerabilities.”