Fatal Border Shooting Claims the Life of Young Kolbar in Baneh, Iran
In a tragic incident near the "Sardab" border of Baneh, Sanandaj province, a young Kolbar named Sayvan Sahihi, aged 20 and hailing from Baneh, met his untimely demise. The incident, reported by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, occurred on the late evening of Sunday, February 11, 2024. Sahihi fell victim to fatal gunfire from the Iranian border regiment forces, who allegedly opened fire without warning.
Sayvan Sahihi, a resident of the village of "Balkeh" in Baneh city, was fatally shot at close range, leaving his family and community in shock and mourning. His body was later transferred to Salah Aldin Hospital in Baneh City, where it was handed over to his grieving family early on Monday morning.
This tragic incident adds to the grim statistics compiled by the Statistics and Documents Center of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. According to their data, the year 2023 witnessed the deaths of at least 22 Kolbars, with 116 others sustaining injuries in the border areas of Baneh city alone.
The death of Sayvan Sahihi serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by Kolbars, who engage in the transportation of goods across the rugged border terrain, often risking their lives in pursuit of livelihood opportunities. The circumstances surrounding Sahihi's death highlight the need for greater attention to the safety and protection of Kolbars operating in border regions, as well as calls for accountability and justice in cases of excessive use of force by border authorities.
As Sahihi's family and community mourn his loss, questions linger about the circumstances leading to his tragic death and the broader implications for the safety and rights of Kolbars in Iran's border regions.