By most agreed international measures, the province of Sistan and Baluchistan is one of Iran’s poorest and most deprived. The impact of this on how children experience their formative years has been the subject of repeated coverage over the years. Less attention, however, has been paid to the state of education in the province.
A large proportion of school-age children in Sistan and Baluchistan do not have a physical structure to attend classes in. Instead, they receive a basic, verbal education outdoors under a canopy, or even less; if there happens to be a tree in their village that provides adequate shade, chances are it also serves as the local classroom.
A vice president of the Iranian regime recently acknowledged that all the men in a village in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan had been executed. That village has now been identified as Roushanabad.
The village is located some 100 kilometer southwestern of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan province.
Violence has returned with a vengeance to Iran’s restive province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
In less than two weeks, 14 Iranian border guards have been killed, 16 Baluch youth hanged in retaliation, and a state prosecutor assassinated.
Quake survivors search for their belongings in the rubble of their mud homes in Mashkail
By Palash R. Ghosh
The massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Iran on Tuesday and killed at least 57 people in both Iran and neighboring Pakistan occurred in one of the poorest, most desolate (but potentially most significant) regions of South Asia/Middle East.
The quake hit the sparsely populated Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan, a vast and desolate region long ignored by the Tehran government.