The role of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ( IRGC) in blocking the water from reaching Alazim marshland in the north of Al-Ahwaz region ( Khuzestan province ) to protect the oil facilities.
For more than a decade Hur Al-Azim in Howeyzeh and Misan valley ( Azadegan valley ) in the south-west of Iran have been dried up by IRGC. The revolutionary guard extracts oil from the middle of this marshland through Chinese oil contractors and has blocked every water access to the marsh, and as a result, has gained millions of dollars from oil.
Following the latest rainfall, local indigenous Arab farmers and local people directed the water toward her Al-Azim marshlands through manually building dams. And as a consequence, water reached the dry parts of Hur- Al-Azim.
IRGC yet again destroyed these dams toward villages and the surrounding farmlands where Ahwazi Arab indigenous people live.
Extracting oil from the middle of the water is possible, however, it is costly, and it is a cost that the IRGC is not willing to pay, instead of sacrificing the environment and livelihood of residence in this oil-rich region.
In addition to Hur Al-Azim marshland in the North of Al-Ahwaz region, which Iran shares with Iraq, Fallacies marshland ( Shadegan ) is situated in the south of the region.Fallahieh marshland is 400,000 hectares and has been in the Montreux list of endangered marshlands since the early 1970s.
In the approximately of Fallahieh marshes there are various sugars and other agricultural companies owned by Khamenei and affiliated with IRGC, the following are to name a few :
1- Dabel Khozaee agro-industrial co,
2- Salman Farsi Sugar,
3- Farabi Sugar,
4- Azadegan Fish farming,
5- Imam Khomeini agro-industrial co.
Not assigning sufficient water to the marshland of fallahieh similar to Al-Azim has left the local fishermen, and farmers whose only living hood is dependent on the sources of marshlands poor and forced them to emigrate to shanty towns around bigger cities like Ahwaz.
The other consequence of dried up marshes is that that following each storm, the soil is easily removed from the now dry marshlands and has caused severe dust storms. Three years ago this issue resulted in a total blackout in the region for days.
IRGC is sacrificing local Ahwazi Arabs to protect its oil facilities, and for this reason, they have faced the protest of local people. Only two days ago an Ahwazi Arab man, "Abud Jalizi” was shot dead by IRGC fire, after protesting against the situation and not allowing their forces to destroy the dam villagers had built to protect their home and lands. Currency, half a million Ahwazi Arab been displaced following the flood and 9 cities and 200 villages been evacuated.
Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation