Demonstrators: a continuous deterioration in services, 8 million Iraqis under the poverty line, and 60% of youth suffer from unemploymentLast update January 14, 2020
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The French newspaper "La Croix" published a report on the causes of the recent strikes in Iraq, which it attributed to economic rather than political reasons
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The newspaper says that Iraqi demonstrations have erupted recently against government policies since last November.
Umm Salah has defied the traditions and went to demonstrate daily in Diwaniya, like tens of thousands of others, and the lady says that the government does not provide her with any services, and public hospitals have not been able to save her sick husband, nor do they have the money to treat him in a private hospital, even It was unable to obtain a plot of land that was distributed by former President Saddam Hussein, which forced it to reside in the slums now inhabited by nearly 3 million Iraqis, and the private sector institutions were unable to achieve the welfare of the people, despite the many promises of improvement in economic conditions since The US invasion of Iraq, and The government had to spend a third of the 2019 budget on salaries only.
As for Muhammad Fadel, he dreams of a government job, after obtaining a scientific certificate years ago, and he has completed his 30th year and has not got a job. He says, “I opened a sweet shop, under my house and I earn 5 thousand dinars per day, less than 4 euros.” Fadel married Recently in the family’s house due to the difficulty of obtaining his own house, Fadel says, “My family’s income reaches 135 euros per month, and he is wondering how that is in a country that is considered the richest petroleum in the world? “
Fadel attributed the problem to the tensions between Sunni leaders on the one hand and Shiites on the other hand, religious and liberal parties, and parties loyal to Iran, or loyal to the United States, Saudi Arabia or the Turks, where official reports confirmed that Iraq’s oil was a single income for the state since 2003, He was able to cover 90% of the state’s general budget, with a value of 750 billion euros, but corruption was able to lose the national income of Iraq at least 410 billion euros.
Doctor Hussein Mani, 45, sees that since 2003 there are no attempts to eradicate poverty, agriculture and industry have deteriorated, education and health levels have declined, and sectarianism has hijacked petroleum wealth.
Moussa Khalaf, an economist, believes that the demonstrations taking place in the country are due to the economic crises of the Iraqis, where 8 million Iraqis live below the poverty line, in a country of 40 million people, and unemployment spreads by 60% among young people at the age of 25 years. The Iraq crisis is economic, not Political "Moussa believes that the country should depend on an economic government that can take advantage of all available capabilities and wealth, and that the focus is not only on gaining political advantages."
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