05 Apr 2016
Children in Al-Ahwaz
What does every child want? They want to be in a country where they can have a future. They want to be in a place where they do not feel judged every day. Thousands of Ahwazi children live a very difficult life. They feel pressured by internal and external factors.
The first seven years of an Ahwazi child is spent speaking his/her mother tongue. Once they enter elementary school everything changes. They are judged, criticized, and manipulated by teachers and other students. One of the reasons they get criticized is because they do not know Persian. They do not know Persian because it is not their native language. Their native language is Arabic. They are put in an environment where they do not want to be in. An Ahwazi child would not understand what the teacher is telling him. This makes everything worse, because this child loses self-esteem. Things would have been so different if schools would teach the children in Arabic.
Ahwazi children struggle internally because they have to live double lives. They cannot learn anything in Arabic in school. This causes the children to fall behind compared to the Persian students. The Persian students already know the language and have mastered it when they begin school. Once an ahwazi child falls behind, they lose interest in school. The reason for that is they feel that they cannot compete with the other students. The teachers would mistreat the Arab children On the other hand; they would treat the Persian children in a special way.
Ahwazi children face many hardships at a very young age. Some of them are born in prison because their mothers have been arrested for no apparent crime. Those children have no fault to suffer in such conditions. Many Ahwazi children are orphans because their fathers got arrested and killed by the Iranian regime. At a very young age an Ahwazi child is traumatized by the loss of one parent. Whatever the parents go through the child goes through the same pain as well. For example if an Ahwazi man voices his opinion about being free from the Iranian regime, he would put his wife and children at risk. There are times when the parents have to seek refuge in nearby countries. The children have to cross borders (sometimes illegally). When they are in a new country they fall behind in their education.
Ahwazi children are our future; they are the future doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc…but unfortunately, the Iranian regime is making it difficult for an innocent child to pursue his/her dreams. No one knows how long the situation is going to stay like this, but hopefully it would not stay like this for long.