An Ahwazi woman spends a childhood with her Arabic friends, enjoying the unity of her small world with her fellow girls. When she goes to school the dual system starts with the very first day, it is shocking how everything is in another language, and the look she receives when she tries to communicate in Arabic. Even Arab people she knows they know Arabic, don’t speak Arabic, out of fear.
She grew up to become a young woman, ashamed of being an Arab, and hates lying about it. She is fluent in persian, dress like a persian girl, cooks and eats like one and still she is Arab. The conflict within her grows smaller with the help of the media telling her that it is OK to be proud of who she is, and in some cases like Fahimah, patriotic feelings waken up in her will lead to her become a fighter but that rarely happens. The fear of death and prosecution is hunting every Arab person in Ahwaz, men and women, those who believe in their origins or those who have been completely brainwashed.
Ahwazi women have suffered along with the men in their lives of poverty, humiliation, belittling and the list goes on forever, all caused by the Iranian occupation of the lands. In the last few decades the Iranian regime has sucked all the fortunes and wealth of the Ahwazi lands and people to serve his demonic expanding plans and acts in the area.
Ahwazi women have lived the duality of originating from Arabic ethnicity and living under a Persian system that denies those origins, belittle them, humiliate them and most importantly, persianise them. If an Ahwazi woman wants to study she has to learn all the sciences using the Persian language which means twelve years of academic studies in Persian language. Reading and learning all the falsifications in the Persian school books up to twelve years (and that is only till diploma) will leave a person with so little to know about the truth of his race and absolutely no courage to admit that race so defending it would seem an impossible thing to do. Still, the people are aware of that and many are willing to give away their lives or spend it in jail for it. The best example of that would be Fahimah Badwi. She was arrested with her martyr husband Ali Mattoori (peace be upon his soul), when she was pregnant in her last month. She gave birth to Salma in jail and it has been ten years now that she and her daughter are living in the gruesome jails of the Iranian regime. They still have five more years to do. Salma never got the chance to spend time with her father, and she never will. She started her life in a cell, then jail for fifteen years, and then in five years from now, stepping out of the jail into the arms of a hell well prepared by Persians to torture her even more, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially and even agriculturally.
Ahwazi women, like the majority of the Arabic women are oppressed by the opposite sex, a female is always obedient to whatever the males in her life decide it is in her best interest to do or to wear or to study, etc. they influence a women’s life in every aspect and decision and you can never see a woman happy with her freedom of will or choice since they always have someone to order them and they have to follow otherwise the “consequences” will be bad. The consequences can go up to different types of murder and descend to forced marriage or preventing them from going to school.
The Iranian regime shows absolutely no reaction to such crimes since it is its policy to occupy people with their retardation and benefit from it and this is where real occupation takes place. To mentally and culturally impoverish the Arabic nation in Ahwaz, especially women, to facilitate controlling them while they are too busy trying to control each other. This makes it easier to take oil and gas and even water without being noticed because people are still busy with their mental backwardness oppressing their sisters and daughters, half of their society and eventually numbing the revolution. But some people succeed to immigrate to other countries and seek asylum. In a situation like that an Ahwazi woman will be taking care of the family and also participating in different activities and fully aware of her rights since it is given to her by the government and by law and this is the most important change of her life for her. And you can see very little or none of the male influence or force against the females in their lives since the system in the first world countries enriches people in knowledge and brotherhood and laws and what really matters in life. So it helps some of the Ahwazi women to have the courage to write, work, study and most importantly invite their fellow women to join the fight, rise against what is wrong and fight for their rights back.
In the end we agree with what the great fighter Che Guevara said “ we cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.”
written by: Athar Yaquob
Ahwazi Centre for Human Rights