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A Letter to Ahmadinejad from a Housewife in Khorasan

13 Jul 2011 13:56Comments
3564356990_e037b99980.jpg[ provinces ] Excerpted from a letter to Khorasan News. The Khorasan region is in northeastern Iran. Photo taken by kamshots.co.uk in Qazvin, in the northwest.

Mr. President,

I am an Iranian woman and a Muslim. I do not understand the meaning of right or left, nor care about red, blue or green; I am not political. I am a woman and a mother, who like all other women and mothers, must make the wheels of life turn.

Mr. President, the day you entered the [presidential] race with the pledge to defend the needy and deliver social equity, a ray of hope was lit in our hearts that after years of war and reconstruction, you will ease our strife by some measure. The day you spoke of targeted subsidies with the promise that cash subsidies would lead to more equal distribution, we told ourselves we don't have huge houses, villas and pools and Jacuzzis, so our energy consumption bills won't be astronomical; we are not wealthy people with multiple luxury cars, to have to fret about the price of gasoline; therefore we may save our cash subsidies to help fill up a part of the gaping holes in our economic lives. What plans we made!

But with the removal of subsidies and increase to free market prices, everything became so exorbitant that the cash subsidy is invisible in our lives; it does not even cover the price hikes on basic goods alone. I am not an economist and do not know the meaning of economic growth and single-digit inflation, but I see that meat has gotten so expensive that it has disappeared from our tables, and we have to teach our children to no longer ask for fruit because we cannot afford to buy it for them.

Mr. President, the limitless inflation is breaking people's backs. Sky-high rents are creating an outcry. You had assured us that implementing the targeted subsidies law would make the tables of the poor more colorful, but what we see today is that every day our tables grow barer.

Mr. President, low incomes and the high price of life are making fathers ashamed before their children, and we are brought to our knees to make ends meet. The reality which you speak of on television as beautiful and good, is not the reality with which we are struggling.

As someone who voted for you, I still believe that you support the disadvantaged and low-income social classes, but I entreat you to weigh all aspects of the decisions you make, because our lives are too short for trial and errors, and our people have been tested enough already.

Dear Editors of Khorasan Newspaper:

I respectfully request that you publish my letter, because I will never meet the president to be able to deliver it to him, and perhaps in this way my words will reach him.

This letter may lack eloquence and expertise, but it is a letter from "an uneducated housewife and mother to her country's president."

With thanks,

Masoumeh Kamali

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