Earthquake Response shows Iranians’ Nationalism, Mistrust of Authorities

On Nov. 17, a few days after the earthquake struck, Kermanshah’s deputy police chief urged the public to refrain from driving to the quake-hit regions with their own cars since it would only lead to heavy traffic and create problems in the delivery of aid.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Red Crescent Society urged people on Twitter to cooperate with the organization so that the aid could be provided to the victims in the best way possible. The Red Crescent Society made the same appeal to domestic and foreign charity organizations Nov. 19. Two days later, the organization tweeted, “Over 2,000 bank accounts have been introduced on Telegram alone for collecting donations for the earthquake victims. How can there be any oversight in such a situation?”

Regardless of all this, there were significant donations made to Iran’s Red Crescent Society as well. In a tweet Nov. 20, the organization announced, “[To this point], the aid has been about 350 billion rials [$9.96 million].”

Private charitable organizations, like Raad Charity, were also very popular with the public when it came to making donations. Elnaz Zargham, the manager of human resources at Raad Charity, told Al-Monitor, “About 3 billion rials [$85,154] have been collected in addition to 22 trucks of essential goods that have already been dispatched to the victims. Also, a portion of the warm clothing donated by people has been stored in a depot to be distributed among the victims in the upcoming cold months when attention [on their plight] moves away from them.”

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