Jan 2016

Iranians’ Situation During the Sanctions

The sanctions against Iran started ten years ago and it had many harmful impacts on the lives of Iranians. Some experts say that it might take many years for the society after the lift of the sanctions to recover from the negative impacts of them. The sanctions caused decrease of economic and industrial growth, restriction of foreign investments, decrease in producing and exporting, devaluation of Iran’s currency and increase of the inflation rate. These are some of the problems that sanctions caused in Iran. Simply, the sanctions overshadowed lives of the Iranians specially the middle-class of the society who were hurt more than the others.

In this situation and because of the decrease in productions or limitation of the budgets, many people lost their jobs and it affected their families as well. By the increase in school and universities’ fee, many students were forced to quit. It didn’t just happen inside Iran but also affected the situation of the Iranians out of Iran. The American government started shutting down the Iranian students’ bank accounts which made it so difficult for them to reach their accounts. Even the parents whose children were university students outside of Iran couldn’t send money for them very easily because the banks couldn’t work with Iran due to sanctions. Also those people who lived out of Iran and used to send money for their old or sick parents, couldn’t support their families anymore because of the sanctions.

Another example is the food products and medicine which weren’t among the sanctions but as the influence of the sanctions on the situations, these items were included in sanctions as well. And as a result, these items got really rare or they were sold in a very high price. Iran is just like the other countries in the world and for producing the needed medicine whether for medication or in terms of the basic materials or the production, it needs international trade with other countries but because of the sanctions it wasn’t possible. For instance, the European banks were afraid of the fines and stopped any legal currency exchange for medicine even in the frame of the sanctions and it caused the medicine get rare for many illnesses such as cancer, anaemia, M.S, respiratory and heart disease. Maybe there were some Iranian samples in the country but as importing the basic materials got decreased, the medicine got rare as well.

It was almost four years ago that a big company which worked in sea transfer in Asia as transferring ships and containers carrying rice and wheat, rejected to cooperate with the important ports of Iran because they were afraid of the fines by the U.S and it made the condition in Iran worse than before. Due to valid News websites, beside this big shipping company, the other shipping companies also stopped their deals with Iran. In addition to these western conservatives, inefficient conduction of the sanctions by Iran also caused huge damages for the Iranian people. As a result, because of the shortage, the food products were sold in very high prices and again it caused lots of pressure for the middle-class of the society.

Despite the view of the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who believed the sanctions were only a few papers but the Iranian people were in a lot of pressure. The Iranians problems which were mentioned above were only a few examples. Some groups of people, especially the religious ones believed that the sanctions were the result of America’s behavior and another group of people blamed the government for this issue. But anyway all the people were waiting passionately for a fundamental change and they wanted the sanctions to be lifted. The nuclear negotiations that started by the new government, took almost 21 months to reach an agreement and during all of that the people had been praying to get rid of the difficult situation.

When the agreement was reached, the people came to the streets and chanted some slogans and celebrated that day by happiness. This isn’t the only prayers of us as the Christian Iranians but also it’s the hope of all Iranians that Iran’s government remain obligated to their commitments at the negotiations and the U.S government stay persistent in their promises for lifting the sanctions even if a new president would be elected and the happiness of the people would continue by the coming of the new situations. They always hope that the bad state of economy get better, the problems get solved and the lives become normal. However, by lifting of the sanctions and resolving the problems, the Iranians get back to their situation in 10 years ago. But the people are still optimistic and hopeful.