"Sometimes I want to kill myself. I feel desperate. I do not earn enough to feed my children."
07-Feb-2012 (4 comments)

Each day that he struggles to buy food for his family, vegetable seller Hasan Sharafi shoulders part of the burden of Iran's defiance of the West over its nuclear programme. He can hardly bear it.

"Prices are going up every day, life is expensive. I buy chicken or meat once per month. I used to buy it twice per week," the father of four said in Iran's central city of Isfahan.

"Sometimes I want to kill myself. I feel desperate. I do not earn enough to feed my children."

With just a month to go before a parliamentary election, Iran has been hit hard in recent months by new U.S. and European economic sanctions over its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is peaceful but the West says is aimed at making a bomb.

In conversations in towns and cities across Iran, people complained of rapidly deteriorating economic conditions, likely to be the main issue in an election that exposes divisions between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and hardline opponents.

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Soosan Khanoom

I think anyone who is for tight sanctions and war

by Soosan Khanoom on

Should move back to Iran or otherwise STFU !!



The reality is...

by Sassan1 on

The Iranian people don't blame the sanctions against America or the west but blame the regime itself. This regime must go for both the sake of the Iranian people and for the sake of humanity itself. This regime is led by religious zealots and the threat of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will play no deterrent to these fanatics. WE must do everything possible in getting rid of this regime in the most responsible of manner and sanctions are the responsible manner before military conflict. In addition, the sanctions have been carefully crafted as to not effect the basic necessities and lives of the Iranian people to the utmost degree.

Arash Kamangir

Sanctions are necessary and overdue

by Arash Kamangir on

If the sanctions are tightened up, then it will bring the people to streets and IR system will collapse.


To all Sanction supporters

by Abarmard on

Your political ideologies and agenda in one side, what sanctions do to the poor are real. If you ever had a child of your own, you should appreciate how much you care and worry about that child. If you promote and support any policies that hurt people and children, especially of the poor, then you have lost your humane mindset and are not sane. Politics, political ideologies, and hate to the system is accepted but there is a limit where one needs to draw the line. That line is where people get hurt. If that makes no sense to you then you fit the following description:

تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی