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“Garbage Children” Innocent Victims: The Waste Business Mafia In Corrupt Mullahs Regime Of Iran

On the eve of May 1st, the International Labor Day, I will present this article to children labor, the most vulnerable people in my homeland. Innocent children, who in the anti-humanitarian regime of Velayat-e faqih, are forced to search among the city’s wastes from morning to night in highly inhumane conditions, instead of the classroom and the family’s warm arms, because corrupt and criminal Mullahs, IRGC and their accomplices want to add to their wealth. But it’s not far off the day that by Iranian Uprising, this corrupt and criminal regime will be thrown to the dustbin of history forever.

Aziz is a 12-year-old boy, who has no part of his life like ordinary children, he gathers up to 19 hours a day and earns just 300 to 400 thousand Tomans a month.

The existence of child labor in Iran’s capital and metropolitan areas has long been a phenomenon and undeniable crisis, ILNA correspondent reports. The work of a child is a complex, multifaceted complex that has economic, social, cultural and racial dimensions, no matter how unpleasant the child’s work is. The profiteers of this cheap labor force try to hide this phenomenon from the face of the city, and take this out of the watchful eye of observers.

Various types of child labor have been identified in Iran, from vending to work in aviculture and brick-making furnaces. Each of the types of child labor has its own particular difficulties and is considered to be forced labor, but one of the most difficult forms of child labor is searching and separation of garbage.

Just take a short trip on the streets of the capital to see the lives of these children, how they are tucked in the trash bin, this is just part of the lives of these children, they are separating wastes in the garages at night to morning then they are collecting garbage in the morning until night.

Garbage children collect 60 kg of garbage daily

Investigations from the Imam Ali Association show that average daily garbage children collect 60 kg of garbage and often live in workshops of separating garbage.

In the meantime, there is no precise information on the financial relationships that exist between garbage children, contractors, and intermediaries. Elham Fakhari, a member of the Tehran City Council, in an interview with ILNA‘s correspondent in describing the living conditions of these children, said: “Some of the waste disposal workshops gave dormitory to the children, and it should be clear that these dormitories have been provided by contractors to these children.” »

The workshops that this city council member talks about, suffer from a lack of health facilities and children are exposed to all types of infectious diseases, including hepatitis, AIDS, and so on. According to Fakhari, most children are also exposed to sexual abuse and experience the worst kind of life.

These garages are without sanitary services and these children have to live with adult males and garbage in a space full of mice and lizards.

Aziz, who only has 12-year-old, is one of those kids. I saw him at Beheshti Street at 22 o’clock, he collected and disassembled garbage for a month and live at Qasim Abad garage in a place without any health facilities at night.

Aziz spoke to us and said of his working conditions: “At 10 am, we wake up and look for waste from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. At 12 midnights, the car returns us to the garage and we have to stay awake and clean the garbage until 6 am. We can only sleep from 6 to 10 in the morning, then we’ll eat lunch and look for waste again.”

This 12-year-old boy, who has no part of his life like ordinary children, works nearly 19 hours a day, earning a salary of 300 to 400 thousand Tomans a month just like all the other children who cannot study or play. His life is summed up with garbage.

Can I be your kid? So send me a school!

Reza, a boy, is another garbage child, who I saw him at midnight beside one of Vali Asr‘s luxury stores, with a carriage bag that was as high as his own height, and always combed his hair carefully. He, who is eight years old, needs to collect waste every day from 3 pm to 12 pm and send his salary to his parents. Reza abandons his bag and gets us off. In a moment he looks at us and says: “I come with you, can I be your kid? So send me a school! “The story of Reza and Aziz, and almost all of the garbage children are similar.

The Tehranians produce 9,000 tons of garbage daily, the municipality spends about 800 billion Tomans a day to collect the garbage from the city. Of these, only 3% of the waste is segregated from the source, and the remainder is separated by children, among whom are children aged 6 to 18 years old. In this profitable business, nothing more valuable than the cheap worker who works in the toughest conditions and cannot to sue. A child whose family is dependent on him and afraid of being unemployed, which is why contractors prefer to keep children of garbage as a worker at any costs.

Garbage Mafia and billions of profits

The economics of waste, the economy is several billion Tomans. According to Hashemi, the chairman of the city council; the municipality can earn 400 trillion Tomans a year from these wastes. The numbers spoken in this area are several billion, and the garbage Mafia, which is repeatedly replicated by members of the city council, continues to remain in the silent media and news space of this profitable and billion-Toman industry.

The main victims of this mafia, after the Tehran’s environment, which no longer has life, are children who are being used by contractors or their intermediaries to collect and dispose of dry wastes. In this case, the municipality of Tehran, which is always fingering to it, alleges that he will deal with any violations in this regard.

The waste management organization is in charge of super-monitoring in the waste sector, and Abdoli, the managing director of the organization, in justifying the use of child labor by contractors and intermediaries in response to ILNA, says: “The use of these children is not with the municipality and the private sector is in violation. »

“The mayors of the region are directly contracting with the contractors for garbage collection,” he says about the waste Mafia. The supervisor is the mayor of the district; we are just high supervisor. The employer is the district itself and if they do not control, you should ask themselves.”

Despite the words of Abdoli, has been published on the site of the Waste Management Agency, the names of contractors and how to conclude a contract. Following these remarks, the director of public relations of this organization contacted ILNA’s correspondent and says: “The use of children based on contracts that the municipality concludes with contractors, it’s completely unlawful, but unfortunately this happens. ”

Nobody is willing to accept responsibility

It is illegal for children to collect and dispose of garbage, and nobody can deny the phenomenon of garbage children, however, there is no official data on the number of children who are forced to work in waste trash factories only in the province of Tehran to pay for their families. Nobody is willing to accept responsibility so they return all the sins to a monster that called “waste Mafia”.

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This report is only a small part of the huge tragedy that is happening in our homeland. Street girls, young people who sell their organs just for livelihoods and hundreds of other ugly and disgusting phenomena that have been the product of 40 years of shameful Mullahs rule in Iran, have made our country ruinous. While billions of dollars are spent annually from the wealth of the Iranian people to export terrorism and fundamentalism to the countries of the region, and billions of dollars are stolen by the Mullahs and IRGC commanders.

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In the wake of the big uprising last January, and with the nationwide protests throughout the cities of country that are taking place every day in Iran, under lead by rebellion centers with overthrow this rotten dictatorial regime, will end to all suffering of these children and workers, farmers, women, youth and other social classes of Iran.

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At the end of this article, I offer a poem titled ” Give me your pain ” and a video describing the pain of child labor in my homeland to all these children with this definite hope that freedom and justice are coming to Iran soon.

Give me your pain

You don’t need to have it,

For you don’t deserve it.

May the stars carry away your sadness,

May hope forever wipe your tears away,

Wipe the tears,

That cover your innocent face May your future be built with your strength

May all your pains forever go away.

Video: The story of my homeland children

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Saeed April 26, 2018 at 6:12 am

I’m really shocked to read this shocking report. This criminal regime must be overthrown as soon as possible. Children must live and study in a safe and healthy environment, not be brutally exploited. Thanks for publishsing this for awareness people of the world from what happens in Iran for innocent children.

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Danielle Champiet-Coronado April 26, 2018 at 6:34 am

This breaks my heart. Children deserve a better life than this. I know most of their parents want to give them that. How terrible their circumstances must be that children digging through garbage is their best option for support. Such a heavy burden to place on children; supporting their families. They should be in school and shame on their government for not protecting them and for creating jobs for their parents. People worldwide should be uniting in protest with the people of Iran as they fight for freedom and a better life for these children.

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Masoud Dalvand April 26, 2018 at 6:37 am

Thank you so much Danielle for comment. You’re right, I am encouraged by the support of good people like you who understand the pain of the people of Iran, especially the children, and I express my gratitude for you.

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Danielle Champiet-Coronado April 26, 2018 at 6:50 am

Thank you for writing such a detailed piece on this very important subject and telling it through the eyes of those boys. All of your articles are personal and highly informative making it easy for those outside Iran to understand and relate to these situations. We as people cannot and should not turn a blind eye to injustices and suffering anywhere.

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Masoud Dalvand April 26, 2018 at 7:04 am

Many thanks dear Danielle, I’m proud to be friend with you and have seen your valuable works published in the United States and have seen a collection of website, blog and social media of you, that are full of your great works. Thank you very much for your great support.

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Freedom Sunrise April 26, 2018 at 8:02 am

I agree with other readers, this is a shocking report about condition of children in Iran under rule of mullahs, we shouldn’t be silent, we must expose all this disaster that happen in Iran. Thank you Herald, Thank you Masoud for writing this. No 2 #ChildLabor #FreeIran

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Freedom Star April 26, 2018 at 8:15 am

Very sad! Iran will be free with Iran Uprising and then all children in Iran can study and live in heathy and safe condition. We must say these tragedies to world, we must participate in protests all over the country to free our country. Iran not a place for corrupt mullahs, Iran not a place for IRGC terrorist.

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Free Man April 26, 2018 at 8:26 am

I’m so angry, why? Children in every country are saving the progress and future of that country and should enjoy all the basic rights, such as well-being and health and free education. These corrupt mullahs who pay the money of the people for terrorism must be overthrown by the Iranian people and themselves, as the author wrote on this great article, be cast into the dustbin of history.

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Sami Arslan April 26, 2018 at 10:31 pm

Truly sad situation. Why does the media always ignore these issues?

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Masoud Dalvand April 27, 2018 at 9:20 am

Thanks for comment Sami, you’re right, I hope all media like Herald Report, publish these issues.

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