Protests by young Iraqis
Widespread poverty, unemployment, and corruption have crippled life in Iraq and is forcing its young population to pour their anger onto the streets to demand what should be their basic right in the first place.
When communication with government fails, protests become the preferred vehicles to seek attention of leaders.
The protesters, majorly from the Shia population, feel they have been left behind while other sects have benefitted more from Iraq’s improving economic condition. They are calling for reforms. These young Iraqis are frustrated with pervasive corruption that has corroded every institution in the country.
They are infuriated over the lack of employment opportunities which are arguably the only means to improve living conditions. They are vexed at the lack of basic amenities such as uninterrupted electricity. It’s not too much to ask for. Come to think of it, why should an oil-rich country suffer poverty at this scale anyway?
Iraq is among the top producers of oil. It’s the second biggest in OPEC, and yet the Adel Abdul Mahdi government hasn’t been able to steer the country to a better future. Yes, Iraq was ravaged by war but collective efforts by international community have put the country back on its feet. (AP)