The spread of drugs, extortion and electronic games .. High suicide rates in Iraq
Suicide in Iraq is on the rise and is becoming increasingly apparent and frequent on a daily basis, in a country that is gradually restoring its security stability.
OHCHR offices in Dhi Qar, Najaf and Babil governorates have recorded an increase in suicides among young people since the beginning of 2019.
This comes amid calls for the government to contribute to the development of radical solutions to the reasons that cause citizens to put an end to their lives.
He warned the director of the office inside Abdul Hussein, to ignore the solutions to the problems faced by communities such as unemployment and the spread of drugs, as well as electronic blackmail against girls.
Abd al-Hussein spoke of 32 cases of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] since the beginning of the year, while the rate reached 52 cases in the whole of 2018.
According to Abdul Hussein, UNHCR is currently preparing a study on the causes of suicide in the northern part of Dhi Qar and the rest of the southern governorates, although these areas have not been displaced, killed or occupied by ISIS terrorists.
In Najaf, the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Farzdaq Sakban said that the religious reservation in the city has not prevented 15 people from committing suicide since the beginning of 2019.
"The spread of drugs, cyber blackmail and the threat of scandals by women, as well as electronic games, were the main reasons," he said.
For his part, the director of the Office of the Office of Human Rights in the province of Babylon, Ahmed al-Attar, that the neighborhoods of the province "no longer surprised to hear the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] young man or young woman scared them scandal," adding that community police succeeded in thwarting 10 suicide attempts.
Observers pointed out that the causes of suicide are not limited to the problems of love and marriage.There are psychological diseases and economic difficulties left by successive wars over the past four decades, in addition to unemployment suffered by about 20 percent of Iraqis, the majority of young people, and the conditions of women and the burdens of tradition.
The number of suicides rose from 383 in 2016 to 519 in 2018, according to a statement by the parliamentary Human Rights Commission in Iraq.
There were 199 suicides in the first four months of this year, according to the same statement.
These numbers are the only recorded cases.There are many cases that occur throughout Iraq, from the predominantly Shiite south and the tribal community, to the Kurdish north and the Sunni west, without families reporting the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] one of its members because it represents a disgrace to the family and contrary to the teachings of Islam.
Amal Kabbashi, a psychiatrist, stresses the need to organize "campaigns to counter this, set green line numbers for the problem of suicide, and television programs offering solutions" and support people in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , where there are only three psychiatrists per million people.
"Suicide is common among adolescents and young people, because they are the most miserable in terms of employment, education and interest," Kabbashi said.
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