02/06/2021 19:00 Readings 577 Section: File and Analysis
The revolution of poverty is coming, and its fuse for the unemployed youth .. Bad planning and corruption have brought the economy to the abyss
Baghdad / The Obelisk: Analyzes of the outbreak of youth protests in Iraq are due to the increase in poverty rates among young people in particular due to unemployment, even in cases where personal political slogans are raised against certain political parties and personalities,
If there were suitable job opportunities for young people, their exit would not have been in this comprehensive form that caused bloodshed in the demonstrations square.
In the center and the south, the impact of the economic conditions is seen as the main factors of protest, and this is especially evident in Kurdistan, where poverty, unemployment and huge price increases are the result of non-payment of public sector employees' salaries, while corruption is the primary responsible for the loss of project and infrastructure funds in every country. Over the country.
Political analyst, Sajjad Jiyad, according to statements to satellite channels, says that if the current situation continues, there is a real possibility that more people will strike or protest, and things may become more difficult.
Whenever oil prices fell, this was clearly reflected even on the mood of people in the Iraqi street, who were watching with intense focus on the price of the dollar.
In Kurdistan, at the end of last year, a demonstrator was killed during demonstrations against the Kurdish parties in protest against delayed payment of public sector salaries.
Poverty rates in Mosul, according to official statistics, have reached a record level, threatening an inevitable economic and social crisis.
According to World Bank data, the poverty rate in the liberated areas has doubled to 40%, while the United Nations says that one out of every four Iraqi children live in poverty, in addition to the lack of job opportunities that exacerbated these numbers in those areas, including Mosul.
The same applies to the central and southern cities. In Baghdad, beggars are tangibly observed roaming the streets.
Experts say that the Iraqi economy has been suffering for a long time, but the recent period has increased its pain after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, the decrease in oil exports, and the drop in oil prices, which has formed a crisis like a disaster for a country whose income depends on oil exports.
Nineveh Statistics Director Nawfal Suleiman said in a press interview that 38% of the population, equivalent to one million and 800 thousand people, live below the poverty line throughout Nineveh.
The United Nations Children's Fund "UNICEF" said that nearly 5 million Iraqis are below the poverty line due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Planning, nearly a quarter of the Iraqi population lives below the poverty line as a result of the conditions that the country has gone through.
Obelisk - agencies