Why suicide is on the rise among Iraqi youths

In oil-rich Iraq, young people are struggling to find work. Unemployment was one of the major drivers of the October protest movement that erupted last year, but has not been addressed by the government, who instead responded to demonstrations with violence.The country is now facing a rising suicide rate among Iraqi youths, with many analysts attributing it to the economic hopelessness so many have experienced since 2003.During the first eight months of 2020, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced 298 suicides across Iraq, including 68 in Baghdad, 39 in Basra…

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