Sunday, January 29, 2023

Iranian Officials Pay Visit to Homeless People Who Lived inside Graves

Following the widespread reactions made to a recent report about a number of homeless junkies living inside graves in a cemetery near Tehran, a number of Iranian officials have paid separate visits to these drug addicts, who are now transferred to a rehab centre.

According to a report by IFP, President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabi’ei were among the officials who visited the homeless junkies in a rehab centre near Tehran.

Nahavandian, who had earlier visited the graves where these homeless people used to live and talked to the people living in the neighbourhood, met the rehab centre that is hosting these drug addicts now.

Shahrvand newspaper on December 27 published an article about the life of homeless people who have to sleep in prefabricated graves in a cemetery near the Iranian capital at the freezing nights of winter.

The report received numerous reactions by Iranian people and celebrities, including the Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi who wrote an open letter President Hassan Rouhani.

In response to Farhadi’s letter, President Rouhani said, “We all must unite to resolve such issues and stop partisan tug-of-wars and instead, be focused on the country’s main issues.”

After Shahrvand’s report went viral in social media, the President’s office and the local governor also announced that measures will be taken to resolve the problems of these homeless people.

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