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Inside Iran: despair, poverty fuels high suicide rate

Al Arabiya News Channel examines why Iran is said to have the highest suicide rate in the Middle East

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Last year, an estimated 13 Iranians committed suicide every day, while in 2013, around 4,000 people were said to have taken their own lives.

The ninth report of a series by Al Arabiya News Channel examines why Iran is said to have the highest suicide rate in the Middle East, as part of a special series tackling political, social and economic issues in the country.

According to experts, the main causes for suicide in the Islamic Republic are poverty, unemployment, and despair over lack of political change.