Citing the US sanctions against Tehran, Facebook has reportedly blocked a sum of $200,000 raised in an online campaign launched by a US-based Iranian doctor to help the quake-hit people of Iran’s Kermanshah province.
When Tohid Najafi first learned that a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake had struck his native country, Iran, he wasted no time.
A medical professional based in Detroit, US, Najafi quickly set up a Facebook page to raise money for the families of the victims and the survivors of Sunday’s disaster.
The quake killed at least 450 people and injured more than 7,000 in Iran and neighbouring Iraq. An estimated 15,000 houses were destroyed, leaving some 70,000 people homeless.
Seeing the extent of the damage, Najafi on Monday rallied the 65,000 members of his online group, Persian Americans, to help.
He set a goal for $110,000 over the next month and hoped that within the first day he would manage to raise up to $15,000.
But when he woke …